Expert Assistants for Design

  • Jack Aldridge
  • John Cerutti
  • Willard Draisin
  • Michael Steuerwalt
Conference paper


Christopher Alexander [2] describes architectural design as a process whose objective is to produce a form that has no serious mismatches with the environment defined by its use. Often the environment is incompletely defined and is almost certain to change over time. A similar description applies to nuclear weapon design because specification details vary with refinement of the scenario for using the weapon and with design changes in related equipment such as the delivery vehicle. The form of a weapon might mismatch the delivery vehicle geometry or carrying capacity, the conditions under which it is delivered, or even the effects it is intended to create.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Aldridge
    • 1
  • John Cerutti
    • 1
  • Willard Draisin
    • 1
  • Michael Steuerwalt
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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