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Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down 1st Edition
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For example, in a typical moment of whimsy, Professor Gordon speculates upon the benefits of attaching army surplus chicken feathers onto motor cars - a suggestion designed to evoke a humourous image, except that his preceding explication on the structural properties of feathers is done so well that it lends the idea a certain fanciful credence. The pages are filled with such moments. Professor Gordon delights in drawing parallels between the unlikeliest of phenomena - how an intelligent reflection on the properties of worms led him to the design of a better anchor bracket, or how his introduction to a circus proprietor's somewhat self-conscious invention ended up improving everything from military aircraft to household doors. Through the liberal use of such anecdotes, he leads us, gently but inexorably, to a fuller understanding of the interconnectedness of the physical world.
While his book deals with abstract ideas, Professor Gordon comes across clearly as a practical man.Read more ›
From cover to cover, the book is packed with deep and valuable insights into the behavior and design of structures, including the natural structures "designed" by evolutionary processes. And at the same time, the book is written in a delightfully chatty and unpretentious style which makes it a joy to read, and often even something of a page turner.
The ideal audience is probably structural engineers, and even seasoned ones are sure to learn a thing or two. But most interested lay readers can also benefit from the book, and the author has clearly made a sincere effort to help bring the subject within their grasp.
This book gets my highest possible recommendation, and the price is so low that there's no reason to hesitate to purchase it.
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There are two kinds of books engineers need to read--the dry, math-bound classroom textbooks that allow them to believe they can precisely analyze their creations to two decimal... Read morePublished 21 days ago by R. D Johnson
This book talks lots about engineering principles. Great book for civil engineering majors~!Published 21 days ago by jiaming zhen
The write up led me to believe this book is for laymen. Well, not this layman. Was not able to finish the first chapter. Read morePublished 23 days ago by TulsaTime
This text was clearly generated using OCR from an older book.
The italicized test at the start of each chapter is oddly formatted and some OCR errors crept in. Read more
J.E. Gordon is an engineer that is not above having some fun while explaining the fascinating world of his profession. More than a few times I audibly laughed at Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chauncey
This is a very entertaining book about the science of Structures and related topics of Solid Mechanics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark A. Post
A tough read- I realize by the title this was going to be intense- but it was real intense. Not the author's fault. Probably just didn't meet my expectations.Published 3 months ago by Mark
It shows very complex and deep concepts in a way everyone with minimum engineering knowledge is able to understand.Published 4 months ago by Oscar