Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down


By (author) J. E. Gordon

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 224mm x 30mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 7 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0306812835
  • ISBN 13: 9780306812835
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 14,308

Product description

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.

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J. E. Gordon, a professor at the University of Reading, is renowned for his research in plastics, crystals, and new materials.