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Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down Paperback – Oct 4 2005
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J. E. Gordon , a professor at the University of Reading, is renowned for his research in plastics, crystals, and new materials.
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For example, in a typical moment of whimsy, Professor Gordon speculates upon the benefits of attaching army surplus chicken feathers onto motor cars - a suggestion designed to evoke a humourous image, except that his preceding explication on the structural properties of feathers is done so well that it lends the idea a certain fanciful credence. The pages are filled with such moments. Professor Gordon delights in drawing parallels between the unlikeliest of phenomena - how an intelligent reflection on the properties of worms led him to the design of a better anchor bracket, or how his introduction to a circus proprietor's somewhat self-conscious invention ended up improving everything from military aircraft to household doors. Through the liberal use of such anecdotes, he leads us, gently but inexorably, to a fuller understanding of the interconnectedness of the physical world.
While his book deals with abstract ideas, Professor Gordon comes across clearly as a practical man.Read more ›
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Not the easiest read, although he's clearly trying to write for a non-technical audience. Very interesting and would recommend.Published 18 months ago by SuzanneCayman
The two copies of the books I ordered were left on my step in a cardboard box while it rained all day. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeff
Great introduction to get good structural intuition. Gives historical background and clear explanation on different kind of structures. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sebastien Lalancette
Most interesting book, good test, pictures. If you are interested in history and how things work this book is for you.Published on Dec 15 2013 by Diana Esmits
I first read this book more than 20 years ago when I was a high school student. Today, I am a practising professional engineer and I still think this is the best introduction to... Read morePublished on April 7 2008 by Michael S. Killeavy
The book is indeed good for the layman (I would even say very good), but it lacks rigour and this makes it less usable for professional purposes... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003
At times I was annoyed by Mr Gordon's style - this is the work of a real old-world engineer. The little anecdotes he scatters through the work where so-and-so told him something,... Read morePublished on May 25 2002 by A. G. Plumb
I bought this book translated into Spanish. (Ediciones Celeste)ISBN 84-8211-190-6.
I'm Civil (Structural) and Industrial engineer. Read more
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