Structures, Or, Why Things Don't Fall Down

Structures, Or, Why Things Don't Fall Down

Book - 2003 | Second Da Capo Press edition.
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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2003.
Edition: Second Da Capo Press edition.
ISBN: 9780306812835
Branch Call Number: 624.171 GOR
Characteristics: 395 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Alternative Title: Why things don't fall down


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parts are heavy going, but you can skip them and still get some good info from it.

Mar 31, 2018

An interesting book that will change the way you look into everyday life as everything is a structure. Written in an easy to understand and entertaining way, the book can help anyone engineers to understand the basic principles that apply to structures, from houses and towers to bows, bones, planes and monkeys. Perhaps the identity of the book is defined by one of the quotes that open each chapter:

"Vulgar and inactive minds confound familiarity with knowledge and conceive themselves informed of the whole nature of things when they are shown their form or told their use; but the speculatist, who is not content with superficial views, harasses himself with fruitless curiosity, and still, as he inquires more, perceives only that he knows less." - Samuel Johnson, The Idler (Saturday, 25 November 1758)

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