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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 1999
In India people say there is no building like Tajmahal. In civil engineering, I say there is no book like Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice. Karl Terzaghi, the father of soil mechanics, had a vision, a vision that he lived by, nurtured and preached. Very few have personified Terzaghi's vision better than co-authors, Peck and Mesri.
Permit me to say, no book in this century has had more influence on the rise of civil engineering than has Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice. Since its first publication in 1948, the book has guided a multitude around the world, spawned countless other books, and set a stage of research for a geotechnical generation gone by, there is, and yet to come.
The library of a geotechnical engineer cannot be said to be complete without a copy of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2006
Since Wiley does not (apparently) publish errata for this book, I figured I'd post this here; it may be some help to some frustrated grad student (like me).

On pg 293, top of the first column, an equation for the change in horizontal stress is given (for Boussineq conditions). The first subtraction operator should be an addition operator and the first addition operator should be a subtraction operator. This modification renders a reasonable result in keeping with results from Poulos and Davis (1974).

Hope that spares you a couple hours of hair-tearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2014
As a structural engineer student I decided to take the class of soil mechanics at UIUC to understand better how soils behaves because at the end structures work in it.

My professor was Mesri and he talked a lot of how did he write part of the book, very nice person and great professor.

The point is that the book is extremely clear even for someone not to familiar in this topic as me, and the references that it has provides a wide range of options to even understand better this important topic as civil engineers.

The book is not intended to be just a student book, it is more a scientific explanation of what soils is and at the same time how to apply several data collected for guarantee safe geotechnical designs. It makes emphasis in the soils particles nature to explain soils properties. This is not a beginners book but can be used with other simpler book of geothecnical engineering to really learn about the topic.

For professional engineers I definitively recommend it as a handbook for the application of soils engineering.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2003
you've got to have this book if you are a geotechnical engineer. terzaghi gives examples from actual projects and presents them clearly. there are solutions to geotechnical problems encountered in the field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2007
I had the chance of taking a soil mechanics class with Professor Mesri at UIUC and I know first hand of his expertise and attention to detail. However, these traits are apparent when reading the Third edition, the information is well organized and exhaustively backed up with experimental data. The only issue with the book is that it has so much information in it, it is hard to finish and can be tough to use as a quick guide.

If you are taking a soil mechanics or even geology in general I strongly recommend this textbook.
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on December 25, 2012
As a structural engineer, I heavily rely on this book to understand geotechnical issues. It's a little technical, but it is exhaustive and I find it to be important in bridging the gap between different civil engineering practices.
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on November 10, 2009
The original edition of this book has been the bible for the geotechnical community for a long time and this enriched third edition is even better with ready-to use empirical relations which come handy for practicing engineers.
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on November 10, 2013
This book is a "must have" for a geotechnical engineer, a summary of the concepts and practical examples, in the same line as other references.
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on October 13, 2014
The book is excellent. However, I ordered a new copy, but I got a used copy.
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on April 2, 2015
essential book in my library, thanks
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