Fantastic Feats and Failures

Fantastic Feats and Failures

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Astronauts on Apollo 13 averted disaster with the help of duct tape. The design of the Sydney Opera House was based on the segments of an orange. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge swayed so much it was nicknamed ?Galloping Gertie.? From genius designs to deadly design-flaws, the story of engineering is full of oddities and surprises. Fantastic Feats and Failures includes

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Astronauts on Apollo 13 averted disaster with the help of duct tape. The design of the Sydney Opera House was based on the segments of an orange. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge swayed so much it was nicknamed ?Galloping Gertie.? From genius designs to deadly design-flaws, the story of engineering is full of oddities and surprises. Fantastic Feats and Failures includes bridge and dome-building projects, and other activities to test your engineering know-how.

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Well organized and engagingly written, the one- to four-page chapters present good overall views of these endeavors as well as amusing and intriguing details of their design and construction. Excellent photos, most in color, illustrate the places and events discussed, while colorful drawings visually represent concepts such as elevations of water and locks along the Panama Canal. There isn’t much about engineering in kids’ books; this is a lively introduction.
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Well organized and engagingly written, the one- to four-page chapters present good overall views of these endeavors as well as amusing and intriguing details of their design and construction. Excellent photos, most in color, illustrate the places and events discussed, while colorful drawings visually represent concepts such as elevations of water and locks along the Panama Canal. There isn’t much about engineering in kids’ books; this is a lively introduction.

Thickly illustrated with bright color photos and lucid diagrams, this will be popular with casual browsers and all fans of large-scale human endeavor.

Children's Literature
How the Leaning Tower of Pisa got its lean, how the Challenger failed, how Eiffel built his tower, how the Brooklyn Bridge broke, how a big ditch became the Panama Canal, and how duct tape saved the Apollo 13 are part and parcel of this interesting analysis of engineering feats and failures. While certain to cause disagreements or dangerous sparring between architects and engineers, the authors seek to describe and explain why sometimes human ingenuity works and other times falls flat on its face. Interesting project sidebars include simple experiments that can be tried at home to replicate engineering successes or fiascoes. Can a geodesic dome be constructed from gumdrops? How high can a tower of uncooked spaghetti be built? Science teachers may use this collection of engineering stories to provide graphic explanations of how laws of nature work for and against us. They may also use some of the disasters described in the book to discuss the ethics of engineering decisions. An interesting discussion of the Twin Towers' construction reveals how many decisions are based upon trial, error, and tragedy. YES magazine editors are science writers who are dedicated to introducing kids to science, technology, and engineering. 2004, Kids Can Press, Ages 8 up.
—Robin Overby Cox
Kirkus Reviews
Paying tribute to the feats, and flops, of construction engineers, the editors of YES Magazine skim-profile more than 20 modern, large scale projects and disasters. The former includes the Panama Canal, Eiffel Tower, and the space shuttle's utility "Canadarm"; for the latter, from the likes of "Galloping Gertie," the ill-fated Tacoma Narrows Bridge, to Bhopal and Chernobyl, readers get glimpses of both construction details, and of each tragedy's proximate causes. Some entries, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the World Trade Center, are classed as Feats and Failures, and the tour closes with an introduction to Captain Edward Murphy, whose renowned Law is applicable far beyond the world of engineering. Thickly illustrated with bright color photos and lucid diagrams, this will be popular with casual browsers and all fans of large-scale human endeavor. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553376347
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
52
Sales rank:
1,129,475
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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