- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Articulate Noise Books (April 7 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983966133
- ISBN-13: 978-0983966135
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies Paperback – Apr 7 2012
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About the Author
Make magazine's blog called the EngineerGuy video team “brilliant science and technology documentarian[s]”, whose “videos should be held up as models of how to present complex technical information visually.” Wired called the videos “dazzling.” The team, consisting of Bill Hammack Patrick Ryan, & Nick Ziech, created the stunning series that includes masterful explanations of the engineering underlying LCD monitors, fiber optic communications, and hard disc drives. Ryan and Ziech earned B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois; Hammack, who is currently a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois, earned a M.S. and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at Illinois. Hammack’s work has been recognized by an extraordinarily broad range of scientific, engineering, and journalistic professional societies. From journalists he has won the trifecta of the top science and engineering journalism awards: The National Association of Science Writer's Science in Society Award; the American Chemical Society's Grady-Stack Medal, and the American Institute of Physics' Science Writing Award. From his engineering peers he's been recognized with the ASME's Church Medal, IEEE's Distinguished Literary Contributions Award, ASEE's President's Medal, and the AIChE's Service to Society Award.
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A series of brief, standalone tales of how things work. The brief discussion on how batteries work was much better than the long-winded yarn found in a chemistry textbook I was reading recently. The overview on the physics of separating isotopes of uranium was mind-boggling in both the sophistication and the engineering that went into refining the technology. Enjoyable book. I hope they make more.
Short sweet and to the point, this book is worth a read to the scientifically curious person who wants to know more about how things work and how they are made.
Because of the decision to keep his videos in a short length format, this book is able to dive deeper in to his subjects by explaining further about the history, mechanisms or general chemistry of a topic. These additional insights were nice to read about and were worth the humble cost, which funds go to help further production of engineering videos. Each chapter is a subject of interest and if you're already familiar with Bill Hammack's videos, you will defiantly notice that bulk of the content is almost verbatim from the video scripts; this may deter some people who might expect a completely new dialog of the subjects. This really didn't bother me as the information is still interesting to have. It is also worth noting if you purchase the physical book a digital version is immediately available. Bill provides more information on this book here: http://www.engineerguy.com/elements/