- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: ICON Group International, Inc. (May 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001CV239M
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Records of a Family of Engineers (Webster's English Thesaurus Edition)
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Top Customer Reviews
But this is about a family of engineers! WAY worth reading. I love it, just read it yourself to find out. Anything by this family is wonderful
Lang was a veteran of the Snowy Mountain Engineering Company, designers of Australia's largest infrastructure project. When serious flooding hit California, he was one of those called in to work out how to deal with it. I am a mathematician and did a small consulting job for Leeds Hill and Jewett and we discussed mathematics as applied to engineering. A new hot-shot employee had come to LHJ and was working on a large underground storage tank to be built in British Columbia. In those days computers were primitive, and LHJ had a small PDP. big enough to analyze the stability of the excavation using finite element methods to deal with the partial differential equations. Lang asked the new guy if he knew exactly how the finite element method worked. The new guy shrugged this off saying that it was "standard." Besides, why did Lang want to know this? Lang replied: "You will understand why if I tell you that I may ask you to go to British Columbia and supervise the work from inside the excavation." When your life is at risk, you understand that nothing should be left to chance.
Everybody who wants to understand what engineering is should read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Contains the lengthy first hand account of Robert Stevenson's involvement in the construction of the Bell Rock lighthouse. Fascinating for anyone interestedPublished 4 months ago by David Whitehead
This account of the RL Stevenson's engineering family exploits especially a detailed history building one remote Scottish lighthouse is a good read for any history and engineer... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Richard Harkrader
Excellent info about the amazing Robert Louis Stevenson family of engineers. What a challenge the Bell Rock lighthouse (Scotland) was!!Published 13 months ago by Ruth Anne Krotzer