Making Things Work

Making Things Work : How Engineers Think and Other Lessons from a Lady Scientist

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A guided tour of the engineering principles at work all around us--along with quirky, surprising ways to employ them in our daily lives.
In this lively, funny, and eye-opening book, mechanical engineer Christine McKinley shares her passion and expertise about the way our physical world works, and how engineering principles can make it work better--and improve our everyday lives. Topics include:
Freshman Design - Keep it simple. Very simple.
Dynamics and Degrees of Freedom - You got this. Oh. Maybe you don't.
Strength of Materials - You'll know you're near the breaking point right after you pass it.
Fluids - Can you measure crazy? Yes.
Vibrations and Resonance - Amplify what you love. Dampen the destruction.
Why does an airplane fly, and what happens when it breaks the sound barrier? How do fluid dynamics relate to our own brilliance, and how do control systems teach us how to gauge the loyalty of friends? These secrets and many others will be revealed in this engaging and passionate book for anyone who loves science or would like to better understand it."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 17mm | 252g
  • TarcherPerigee
  • United States
  • English
  • 0143111841
  • 9780143111849

About Christine Mckinley

Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer and the author of Physics for Rock Stars. She speaks at high schools and colleges to encourage young people to take STEM courses and consider engineering as a career, with a special emphasis on attracting more women to the field. As a TV personality, she hosted UNDER NEW YORK on Discovery Channel and DECODED on History Channel, contributing a scientific perspective to engineering marvels and historical mysteries. Christine is also a musician and lyricist whose band, Swan Sovereign, plays regularly to packed clubs and festivals. She wrote a musical play about physics, Gracie and the Atom which won a Portland Drammy award for Best Original Score.
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