Structures

Structures

Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

Book - 2003
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In a book that Business Insider noted as one of the "14 Books that inspired Elon Musk," J.E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.

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, a bias-cut dress, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions.

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world--from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an encyclopedic range of reference, Gordon includes such chapters as "How to Design a Worm" and "The Advantage of Being a Beam," offering humorous insights in human and natural creation.

Architects and engineers will appreciate the clear and cogent explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression. If you're building a house, a sailboat, or a catapult, here is a handy tool for understanding the mechanics of joinery, floors, ceilings, hulls, masts--or flying buttresses.

Without jargon or oversimplification, Structures opens up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 2003
Edition: Second Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306812835
0306812835
Branch Call Number: 624.171 G656S 2003
Characteristics: 395 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Structures

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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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