Scientist in the City

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Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1994 - Social Science - 266 pages
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In his previous books, A Scientist at the Seashore and Meditations at Sunset, James Trefil used common place settings in the natural world as a point of departure for probing the mysteries of nature. In A SCIENTIST IN THE CITY, Trefil takes the opposite tack, looking at the quintessential man-made environment of the city as a way of examining the forces that define our world. What does the heating system of a building or the construction of a bridge tell us about the development of the city? What does the amplified environmental stress of city life on plants and animals suggest about the wild? How have scientific advances in building materials and an understanding of the structure of the atom helped to shape the cities of today? From an explanation of the evolution and influence of plate glass and reinforced steel to an analysis of the future of the skyscraper, A SCIENTIST IN THE CITY offers a fascinating study of the promise and the consequences of technology in our everyday urban lives. In addition, Trefil goes on to explore how the new technologies being developed today will help to determine the changing forms that cities will take in the future. A SCIENTIST IN THE CITY is the kind of book that will open our eyes to the man-made world around us, and show us some of the scientific rea sons for why we live the way we do.

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User Review  - Zzz - Goodreads

I read the Chinese translation of this book a few years ago as a teenage. It described amazing and bright future of cities and I enjoyed it very much. It was an exciting moment. The author was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zach - Goodreads

A decent introduction to surface-level descriptions of the science involved in the infrastructure of a city. The tangents are few and the information is Wikipedia-deep. Good, basic dad information (ie ... Read full review

Contents

The Birth of Cities
3
Limits on the Urban Ecosystem
15
The Fabric of Cities
29
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

James Trefil was born in Chicago and educated at the University of Illinois, Oxford University, and Stanford University, where he earned a Ph.D. in physics. Currently Clarence H. Robinson Professor of physics at George Mason University, he is among the well-respected scientists who have the skill to translate physics for the general reader into prose worthy of an English major. For example, his "meditation trilogy," described below, recounts interesting examples, clear explanations, and the wonder of science in Trefil's beautiful and lively language.

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