Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

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Da Capo Press, Apr 28, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 424 pages
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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 prose.

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User Review  - neurodrew - LibraryThing

Structures, or Why Things Don't Fall Down J.E. Gordon May 22, 2013 A Folio reprint of a 1978 book on engineering, mostly engineering materials. The author seems to be an engineer possibly summing up ... Read full review

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

: A book that simplifies the basics of engineering and I still found it tough reading. I enjoyed the examples he gives, but the general concepts in dry form were hard to comprehend. It still is worth reading in only that it makes you think of the way things are made; natural and man-made. Read full review

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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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