Structures : Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 154 x 224 x 30mm | 680.39g
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • Ill.
  • 0306812835
  • 9780306812835
  • 92,925

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"Here we have the conversation in 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 Muskshow more

About J. Gordon

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

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