- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised (1994) edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486217094
- ISBN-13: 978-0486217093
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
I found it helpful and informative, but extremely long winded.
Given that it's written for the navy, it's very insular in it's context, centering around naval usages.
It also lacks a textbook style succinctness and instead sounds like a lecture to a group of children or like an educational video from the 70's with drastic over-simplification and a certain Norman Rockwell feel to it.
Above said, the basic principals and their associated formulas ARE clearly communicated along with their relevant applications.
Happy with this book, but do not feel the naval context is clearly communicated in the description, nor the style of its format.
For those who have taken some basic science classes, a good part of it will be review. But, it gives clear and simple explanations of a lot of different types of basic machinery which you won't find in many other books. If you want a short primer on basic machinery, this is the book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent for a fundamental understanding of how various machines or tools have a mechanical advantage. Read morePublished 24 days ago by David Moore
Good review and provides ideas and a starting point for solving new problemsPublished 1 month ago by Gregory S Heady
Got this book as a gift for my father, a former Navy Machinest's Mate. He loved it and it brought back old memories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cjrunner
Good book on basics of levers pulleys, wedges, gears, the fundamental items and the math behind them, well illustrated tooPublished 2 months ago by Richard
Nice quick reference. Basic but handy when you can't quite picture what you need to. Helps jog the mind in the right direction.Published 3 months ago by Al B.
Great introduction to mechanics. Well written and great explanations of basic mechanical machines!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Clear explanations and diagrams makes this a cool little reference book great to get a quick explanation of basic machines. Terrific to get the gears turning!Published 4 months ago by Danitron
Really condensed book that explains the basic technical operations of machines. Good primer.Published 4 months ago by Rusty Shackleford