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Mechanical Design for the Stage 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0240806310
ISBN-10: 024080631X
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About the Author

Alan Hendrickson is a Professor (Adjunct) of Technical Design and Production at Yale School of Drama, and an independent consultant in scenery mechanization and control since 1984. Classes taught at Yale include Physics of Stage Machinery, Automation Control, Pneumatics and Hydraulics, and Mechanical Design for Theatre Applications. His outside consultant work includes hydraulic, control, and mechanical design for effects running on Broadway, national tour, and regional theatre shows, mainly through Hudson Scenic Studio.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024080631X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240806310
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Hilley on October 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the best book ever written on mechanical design for stage applications... it covers so much! If you are designing and building any stage machinery then the book will pay for itself by helping you to solve problems in design before you are beating your fists against a piece of stage machinery that isn't working. What a helpful tool! A must for every technical director! Alan is a super genius!
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There's a lot of good information here, and the simplified physics in the first 12 chapters is fairly well done. However, a lot of text could be saved by inserting a single caveat that trivial effects will be ignored.

Do NOT buy this for your Kindle. Most of the drawings and equations can't be zoomed. In particular, the labels on drawings are mostly impossible to read.

Aside from that, there are some errors in the equations that can be read. For a fairly pricey book, intended (according to the author) to be used as a text, I'd expect better quality. For example, early in chapter 5, an equation appears: F_lifting = F_w sin(theta). The text goes on, "As the minus sign in the formula implies, ...," but there is no minus sign in the formula.
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Great product. Good source of information for beginners to advanced. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in all the details of stage mechanics
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