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A series of brief, standalone tales of how things work. The brief discussion on how batteries work was much better than the long-winded yarn found in a chemistry textbook I was reading recently. The overview on the physics of separating isotopes of uranium was mind-boggling in both the sophistication and the engineering that went into refining the technology. Enjoyable book. I hope they make more.
Because of the decision to keep his videos in a short length format, this book is able to dive deeper in to his subjects by explaining further about the history, mechanisms or general chemistry of a topic. These additional insights were nice to read about and were worth the humble cost, which funds go to help further production of engineering videos. Each chapter is a subject of interest and if you're already familiar with Bill Hammack's videos, you will defiantly notice that bulk of the content is almost verbatim from the video scripts; this may deter some people who might expect a completely new dialog of the subjects. This really didn't bother me as the information is still interesting to have. It is also worth noting if you purchase the physical book a digital version is immediately available. Bill provides more information on this book here: http://www.engineerguy.com/elements/
Short sweet and to the point, this book is worth a read to the scientifically curious person who wants to know more about how things work and how they are made.
I know its a "technical" book but I would have appreciated some sort of summary or final statement at the end of the book. It was just so anticlimactic.