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Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers 11th Edition
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 29, 2010
Marks' is legend among reference handbooks for engineering and for good reason, the book combines excellent commentary from industry and academic experts with plenty of formulas, tables and diagrams. It lists the references for each section right at the beginning along with the authors which is convenient if you want to dig deeper into the knowledge area.

Mechanical Engineering is a very wide area and while you study many topics in school, unless you actively use them professionally your knowledge gets fuzzy. For this reason having a handbook like this one is a great way to refresh your memory or learn about topics you haven't spent much time with before going on to more specific books on the topic. I still find it amazing how much information is squeezed into each section and readers will see that the knowledge density is staggering.

It is because of Marks' section on Welding that I learned about, and subsequently purchased, the excellent books on Welded Structures and Weldment Design from Lincoln Electric written by Omer Blodgett. I would have never run across these books in a store and despite being written in the 1960s, and mentioning slide rules, they contain a wealth of practical knowledge about welded steel structures still relevant today. You just can do the calculations on a computer and skip the nomograms these days, though I still like the nomograms ability to build your intuition of how a result will end up.

I can be confident from following that chain of references that other areas of Marks' would lead to similar quality references should I need them, and that is why this handbook is worth its weight in gold.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2009
Unlike some of the reviewers, I have not had buyer's remorse (yet). I don't use Mark's Handbook a lot, but it has been providing the answers to my questions when I've looked for them. Good index. I would also recommend you take a look at the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, by Mike Lindeburg.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
The best overall engineering book I've bought. Not extremely detailed but it covers everything. 5 years of college collected in one easy to read and understand, albeit heavy, book. I'm an electromechanical design engineer and this book covers all the little details that my college textbooks do and I don't have to carry 6 books with me. For the price it's the best book I own and use it for reference constantly at work. Hard to do better in my opinion.

Makes a great reference book to cover my 15 or so other engineering books. It could use more detailed coverage of some topics. If you're looking for something to replace a collection of books you'll have to look elsewhere, doesn't cover any design techniques or in depth analysis, at least not for what I do. It's more aimed at manufacturing or industrial engineers than mechanical or design. Still a great purchase for the money and extremely handy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
I recently purchased this book through my employer as a one-stop reference book. The problem with this is that there is so much information contained in the book that each topic only gets a the most brief, high level overview. The index is good but I have never found this book to be a "quick" reference per se. In many cases Google is a better (and faster) way to find what I am looking for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2009
Very useful book. Better than a stack of old college textbooks. Used this during the PE exam and also as a routine reference book as an engineer at a power plant. Worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2011
The book is a replacement for an old dogeared earlier edition. It arrived in great condition though it is used. Useful book for a facilities engineer.
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on March 27, 2015
This is an important and useful reference manual for people in many fields. Of course, the lead time required for assembling, publishing, and distributing it means that it can't possibly be up to the minute, but it's still very useful for items out of your usual field. The information, explanations, charts, graphs, and references will keep you from being totally lost. Even a high school dropout can benefit from this book, just not quite as much as a graduate mechanical engineer. It is divided into twenty sections that cover everything from Mathematics to Emerging Technologies with rather a lot of Physics in between.
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on October 2, 2013
Bought this for my son who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Math in college. He even said that his friend, who is majoring in Physics would be able to use it. My boss who majored in Mechanical Engineering in the 1950's still has his original Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers edition that he used while in college as well as during his career in the Investment Casting Industry. I'm sure that this will be a book that my son will reference many times, both while in school and throughout his career.
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on April 12, 2015
This book is the FOUNDATION of my growing reference library. 3 of my current classes are dynamics, design and manufacturing, and electrical circuits. This book has all the equations and explanations for all of them. If you want to design anything involving mechanical components this should be on your work desk no doubt.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2007
This belongs on my desk. Katrina took my previous copy. I feel better having it within arms reach.
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