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Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down (1968 original; edició 2003)

de J. E. Gordon (Autor)

Sèrie: Mosaiik (12. raamat)

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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, a nightgown, 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, J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its technical mathematics and communicates the theory behind the structures of a wide variety of materials.Chapters on 'How to Design a Worm' and 'The Advantage of Being a Beam' offer humorous insights into human and natural creation. For architects and engineers there are cogent explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression, and chapters on safety design and the relationship of efficiency to aesthetics. If you are 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 over-simplification,Structures surveys the nature of materials and gives sophisticated answers to the most naive questions, opening up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.… (més)
Membre:Chris.Russell
Títol:Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
Autors:J. E. Gordon (Autor)
Informació:Da Capo Press (2003), Edition: 2nd ed., 424 pages
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Contents
List Of Plates
Foreword
Acknowledgements
1. The Structures In Our Lives
Part One: The Difficult Birth Of The Science Of Elasticity
2. Why Structures Carry Loads
3. The Invention Of Stress And Strain
4. Designing For Safety
5. Strain Energy And Modem Fracture Mechanics
Part Two: Tension Structures
6. Tension Structures And Pressure Vessels
7. Joints, Fastenings And People
8. Soft Materials And Living Structures
Part Three: Compression And Bending Structures
9. Walls, Arches And Dam
10. Something About Bridges
11. The Advantage Of Being A Beam
12. The Mysteries Of Shear And Torsion
13. The Various Ways Of Failing In Compression
Part Four: And The Consequence Was . . .
14. The Philosophy Of Design
15. A Chapter Of Accidents
16. Efficiency And Aesthetics
Appendix 1. Handbooks And Formulae
Appendix 2. Beam Theory
Appendix 3. Torsion
Appendix 4. The Efficiency Of Columns And Panels Under Compression Loads
Suggestions For Further Study
Index ( )
  knoba | Oct 12, 2020 |
Interesting. Easy to understand. Somewhat old fashioned writing style. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Very interesting book, I learned a lot. Gordon's prose is readable. He is also opinionated and throws in just the right number of anecdotes. I read this book while also watching the "Great Courses" class, "Understanding the World's Greatest Structures," by Stephen Ressler, and think those lectures covered a lot of the same material but with more compelling examples, buildings and bridges. ( )
  breic | Mar 26, 2019 |
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 his career, with a direct and opinionated voice. He explains technical details artfully, describing Young's modulus of elasticity, mathematics of cantilevers, and the desirable properties of wood. The volume has excellent, but too few photographs, and good stories of structures that were unexpectedly good and spectacularly bad. ( )
  neurodrew | May 22, 2013 |
Indeholder "List of Plates", "Foreword", "Acknowledgements", "Chapter 1 - The structure of our lives - or how to communicate with engineers", "Part One - The difficult birth of the science of elasticity", "Chapter 2 - Why structures carry loads - or the springiness of solids", "Chapter 3 - The invention of stress and strain - or Baron Cauchy and the decipherment of Young's modulus", "Chapter 4 - Designing for safety - or can you really trust strength calculations?", "Chapter 5 - Strain energy and modern fracture mechanics - with a digression on bows, catapults andd kangaroos", "Part Two - Tension Structures", "Chapter 6 - Tension structures and pressure vessels - with some remarks on boilers, bats and Chinese Junks", "Chapter 7 - Joints, fastenings and people - also about creep and chariot wheels", "Chapter 8 - Soft Materials and Living Structures - or how to design a worm", "Part Three - Compression and Bending Structures", "Chapter 9 - Walls, arches and dams - or cloud-capp'd towers and the stability of masonry", "Chapter 10 - Something about Bridges - or Saint Bénezèt and Saint Isambard", "Chapter 11 - The advantage of being a beam - with observations on roofs, trusses and masts", "Chapter 12 - The mysteries of shear and torsion - or Polaris and the bias-cut nightie", "Chapter 13 - The various ways of failing in compression - or sandwiches, skulls and Dr Euler", "Part Four- And the Consequence was...", "Chapter 14 - The philosophy of Design - or the shape, the weight and the cost", "Chapter 15 - A chapter on Accidents - a study in sin, error and metal fatigue", "Chapter 16 - Efficiency and Aesthetics - or the world we have to live in", "Appendix 1 - Handbooks and formulae", "Appendix 2 - Beam theory", "Appendix 3 - Torsion", "Appendix 4 - The efficiency of columns and panels under compression loads", "Suggestions for further study", "Index".

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  bnielsen | Jun 18, 2012 |
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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, a nightgown, 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, J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its technical mathematics and communicates the theory behind the structures of a wide variety of materials.Chapters on 'How to Design a Worm' and 'The Advantage of Being a Beam' offer humorous insights into human and natural creation. For architects and engineers there are cogent explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression, and chapters on safety design and the relationship of efficiency to aesthetics. If you are 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 over-simplification,Structures surveys the nature of materials and gives sophisticated answers to the most naive questions, opening up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.

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