- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199578699
- ISBN-13: 978-0199578696
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This concise book provides excellent references for further reading and is an affordable, quick read to brush up on engineering history and its modern-day application. It is even more powerful as a tool for non-engineers to understand how intimately engineering contributes to the quality of peoples' lives - and the consequences of success or failure. * Civil Engineering Journal * Any engineer who has spent a few years out of the classroom can benefit from reading this tiny volume as a refresher course on some basic, yet key, concepts of engineering * The Tech *
About the Author
David Blockley is Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol.
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What I was hoping for was more of the engineering process that engineers use to develop solutions, i.e. what do engineers do. The end to end process used to develop a new medical device or to build a bridge are examples of what I mean. Not necessarily the right book to give a high school student who might be considering an engineering career.
The second thing that should be said is that if you were the type who dozed through high school physics classes, you may find that the contents are more of a burden than you're quite prepared to hoist - even with the pulleys described early in the book. (Another reviewer notes that the author "goes into an impressive amount of detail in the space available." Well, yes.) And if you were the sort of student who avoided physics and it's derivative topics (e.g., electricity, thermodynamics) like the plague, you might wish to stick to Angry Birds or Kindle's low-budget whodunit offerings.
As I suggested in the first paragraph, what we have here - it seems to me, mostly - is a well-written account of the scientific discovery and perfections of the engineering tools that make our modern world modern. The book is more about science than engineering. This is not a book about muddy boots and hard hats, and of the actual work - today! - of the men (and increasingly, the women) who wear these items worldwide and in all conditions to make life better for billions of people. THAT is the book this engineer (retired) would have written, and of course I'm free to do so.