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Basic Machines and How They Work Paperback – June 1, 1971

ISBN-13: 978-0486217093 ISBN-10: 0486217094 Edition: Revised (1994)

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised (1994) edition (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486217094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486217093
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great reference book that my dad gave me when I was in the service.
Ray_O_Le'gist
Well written, and speaks to the reader presuming little in the way of prerequisite knowledge.
Mr. Des Bromilow
Buy this book if you, like me, want to understand simple machines (levers to engines).
M. Stout

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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Small on August 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this book from a friend and held on to it for almost six months, and in that time I poured over it. It's EXTREMELY useful if you're doing model building or playing with simulators and stuff. I use it with LEGOs and LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits. It taught me ALL SORTS of secrets about motion and principles behind gears and gear-driven mechanisms. Just a great book, I highly reccommend it if you're looking for a great reference for basic mechanical devices. I had to buy my own copy to have.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By M. Stout on July 22, 2007
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I don't know how the military does it, but somehow they are able to train people quickly and effectively whereas academia gives long-winded answers that get most students lost in derivations.

Buy this book if you, like me, want to understand simple machines (levers to engines). It's straight to the point, the way I like it.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By CB on November 11, 2011
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In a sense, you probably already paid for this book. Since it was produced in 1964 by the U.S. Government, it was paid for with tax money and it generally cannot be copyrighted. ("Ever since 1895, statutory provisions have prohibited the assertion of copyright in any publication of the U.S. Government. The provisions have been only slightly modified since their enactment.")

There is a free pdf version of this book online. You can search for the book by name, or go to this link (spelled out since the 'Zon does not permit certain links - and probably for good reason): bee eye tea dot el why forward-slash lowercase-ess uppercase-dee uppercase-A the-numeral-one lowercase-double-u uppercase zee.

However you get a copy of the book, it is worth having.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Leo Tolstoy on January 12, 2008
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As a Mechanical Engineering student I found the book to be extremely useful. I was already familiar with most of the theories from Dynamics and Statics, but it was cool to see how non textbooks refer to certain things (IE rather than saying the pivot point they call it the fulcrum). While we generally go over gear theories and calculations in Dynamics, we certainly don't get into their classifications so that was another useful piece of knowledge that I picked up. The last two chapters were extremely knowledgeable, since neither was in any of my textbooks. The last two chapters covered power trains and the internal combustion engine and were surprisingly in depth. I would highly recommend this book for any Engineering student seeking to get an out of the textbook perspective on your Mechanics classes, or to pick up some information on the inner workings of the engine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Spurlin on January 18, 2010
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Good, clear illustrations. Internal combustion engine explanation is especially good. Exploded views, cutaway diagrams, and metaphorical examples help to explain the concepts. Progression from simple-to-complex is well-paced, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Mowatt-Wilson on February 23, 2007
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Old but good. Explains things well and although the illustrations are a bit dated (so are Da Vinci's!), it is a very good and interesting book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2007
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Are you looking for a book that will help get more mechanically minded? This is it. This book is written for Navy personnel, yet it is relevant to anyone who needs to know more about simple machines. Check out the table of contents.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Pheedback on September 18, 2006
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Good basic info about the internal combustion engine but could use a revision. There is alot of talk about the side valve, Briggs and Stratton type engines but very little discussion about overhead valves and NO information about overhead cam engines. Other than the need for a revision this is a pretty decent book.
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