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10 books about engineering
Pick up one of these featured titles on engineering in May 2021.
The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay
Category: Computers & Technology
This book was published 5 years ago by HMH Books for Young Readers and takes approximately 13.3 hours to read.
The sweeping new update to the worldwide bestseller, "The New Way Things Work" includes all new sections on the technology that most impacts our everyday lives."
Mechanical Engineering for Makers: A Hands-on Guide to Designing and Making Physical Things by Brian Bunnell
Category: Computers & Technology
This book was published last year by Make Community, LLC and takes approximately 7.7 hours to read.
This practical, user-friendly reference book of common mechanical engineering concepts is geared toward makers who don't have (or want) an engineering degree but need to know the essentials of basic mechanical elements to successfully accomplish their personal projects. The book provides practical mechanical engineering information (supplemented with the applicable math, science, physics, and engineering theory) without being boring like a typical textbook. Most chapters contain at least one hands-on, fully illustrated, step-by-step project to demonstrate the topic being discussed and requires only common, inexpensive, easily sourced materials and tools. Some projects also provide alternative materials and tools and processes to align with the reader's individual preferences, skills, tools, and materials-at-hand. Linked together via the authors' overarching project -- building a kid-sized tank -- the chapters describe the thinking behind each mechanism and then expands the discussions to similar mechanical concepts in other applications. Written with humor, a bit of irreverence, and entertaining personal insights and first-hand experiences, the book presents complex concepts in an uncomplicated way. Highlights include: Provides mechanical engineering information that includes math, science, physics and engineering theory without being a textbook Contains hands-on projects in each chapter that require common, inexpensive, easily sourced materials and tools All hands-on projects are fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions Some hands-on projects provide alternative materials and tools/processes to align with the reader's individual preferences, skills, tools and materials-at-hand Includes real-world insights from the authors like tips and tricks ("Staying on Track") and fail moments ("Lost Track!") Many chapters contain a section ("Tracking Further") that dives deeper into the chapter subject, for those readers that are interested in more details of the topic Builds on two related Make: projects to link and illustrate all the chapter topics and bring individual concepts together into one system Furnishes an accompanying website that offers further information, illustrations, projects, discussion boards, videos, animations, patterns, drawings, etc. Learn to effectively use professional mechanical engineering principles in your projects, without having to graduate from engineering school!
Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids) by Crystal Chatterton
This book was published 3 years ago by Rockridge Press and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
"Getting kids excited about science can be difficult. Science Experiments for Kids provides young scientists ages 5-10 with hands-on experiments that teach them how to apply the scientific method. From the home laboratory of former chemistry teacher and blogger behind the Science Kiddo, Crystal Chatterton combines fun experiments with the hows and whys behind them in Science Experiments for Kids"--
Bridges: A History of the World's Most Spectacular Spans by Judith Dupré
This book was published 4 years ago by Black Dog & Leventhal and takes approximately 5.9 hours to read.
This visual history of the world 's landmark bridges is thoroughly revised and updated since its initial publication with all-new photographs and features cutting edge work by today's international superstars of architecture and engineering. Spanning two-thousand years of technological and aesthetic triumphs, Bridges stands as the most thorough, authoritative, and gorgeous book on the subject, as dramatic in presentation as the structures it celebrates. Breathtaking photographs capture the bridges' details as well as their monumental scale; architectural drawings and plans invite you behind the scenes as new bridges take shape; and lively commentary on each explores its importance and historic context. Throughout, informative profiles, features, and statistics make Bridges an invaluable reference as well as a visual feast. Technological advances, structural daring, and artistic vision have propelled the evolution of bridge design around the world. The last thirty years has seen the construction of masterpieces such as the Zakim Bridge that forever changed the city of Boston; Gateshead Millennium Bridge in England, a pedestrian tilt bridge that closes like an eye when it is raised; the Millau Viaduct in Tran Valley, France, which is the tallest cable-stay bridge in world; and the 102-mile Danyand-Kunshan Grand Bridge in China, the longest in the world. This revised edition features new profiles on these amazing spans, as well as beloved landmarks, such as the Golden Gate and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Science of Supercars: The Technology that Powers the Greatest Cars in the World by Martin Roach
This book was published 3 years ago by Firefly Books and takes approximately 7.5 hours to read.
"What powers the greatest cars in the world? How did we get from the crude mechanics of yesteryear to the high-tech, computer-aided designs we see today? Which cars broke the mold? This is the definitive story of the science behind the cars of our dreams. Featuring in-depth interviews with the top names in the supercar and racing industries, The Science of Supercars unravels the mysteries and mechanics of the cars that changed the automotive world forever."--
Engineering for Teens: A Beginner's Book for Aspiring Engineers by Pamela McCauley PhD
Category: Leadership & Motivation
This book was published this year by Rockridge Press and takes approximately 4.7 hours to read.
Explore engineering as a career with this introduction for ages 12 to 16 The job of an engineer is to solve all sorts of complex challenges facing the world while improving our lives through creative, innovative ideas. This engineering book for teens gives you a look into what engineers do and how they drive society forward through math and science. From designing tablets and smartphones to reimagining the way we collect and store renewable energy, this engineering book for teens introduces you to the major engineering disciplines and their distinct specialties, famous engineers throughout history, and more. Engineering for Teens offers: Engineering fundamentals--Discover the four main branches of engineering and their different specialties. Inspired inventions--Get examples of the incredible things that engineers have created, like fuel cells and medicines. Inclusivity in engineering--Learn all about the diversity within the field of engineering. Discover the wonders of engineering and prepare yourself for a life of scientific discovery with this engineering book for teens.
Existential Pleasures 2Ed P (Thomas Dunne Book) by Samuel Florman
This book was published 25 years ago by Griffin and takes approximately 7.6 hours to read.
Humans have always sought to change their environment--building houses, monuments, temples, and roads. In the process, they have remade the fabric of the world into newly functional objects that are also works of art to be admired. In this second edition of his popular Existential Pleasures of Engineering, Samuel Florman explores how engineers think and feel about their profession. A deeply insightful and refreshingly unique text, this book corrects the myth that engineering is cold and passionless. Indeed, Florman celebrates engineering not only crucial and fundamental but also vital and alive; he views it as a response to some of our deepest impulses, an endeavor rich in spiritual and sensual rewards. Opposing the "anti-technology" stance, Florman gives readers a practical, creative, and even amusing philosophy of engineering that boasts of pride in his craft.
How Cars Work by Tom Newton
Category: Repair & Maintenance
This book was published 22 years ago by Black Apple Pr and takes approximately 3.2 hours to read.
How Cars Work is a completely illustrated primer describing the 250 most important car parts and how they work. This mini test book includes wonderfully simple line drawings and clear language to describe all the automotive systems as well as a glossary, index, and a test after each chapter. How Cars Work provides the basic vocabulary and mechanical knowledge to help a reader talk intelligently with mechanics understand shop manuals, and diagnosis car problems. Tom Newton guides the reader with a one topic per page format that delivers information in bite size chunks, just right for teenage boys. How Cars Work was the most stolen book at Kennedy High School in Richmond California! Teachers like our title and so do librarians. The History channel, Modern Marvels-2000, Actuality Productions, Inc is using How Cars Work to train staff for a documentary on automobiles.
Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects (Build It Yourself) by Donna Latham
This book was published 9 years ago by Nomad Press and takes approximately 4.3 hours to read.
Introduces engineering concepts through twenty-five simple experiments that involve building several bridge and tunnel models.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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