Structures : Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
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.
- Paperback | 424 pages
- 154 x 229 x 29mm | 416g
- 10 Jul 2003
- INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
- Da Capo Press Inc
- New York, NY, United Kingdom
- 2nd ed.
For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, this book aims to ease your anxiety and answer your questions by communicating engineering's principles in accessible, witty prose.
"Here we have the conversation in the unbuttoned mood of a learned engineer with wide sympathies about his art, its history, its range, and the silly things which happen. It reads easily and has immense charm."--Architect's Journal "Rich and readable...personal, witty, and ironic."--Scientific American "It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design."--Elon Musk
About J. Gordon
J. E. Gordon, a professor at the University of Reading, is renowned for his research in plastics, crystals, and new materials.