Structures or Why things don't fall down

Structures or Why things don't fall down

Paperback(Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1978)

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ISBN-13: 9781461590767
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1978
Pages: 395
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

1 The structures in our lives — or how to communicate with engineers.- One The difficult birth of the science of elasticity.- 2 Why structures carry loads — or the springiness of solids.- 3 The invention of stress and strain — or Baron Cauchy and the decipherment of Young’s modulus.- 4 Designing for safety — or can you really trust strength calculations?.- 5 Strain energy and modem fracture mechanics — with a digression on bows, catapults and kangaroos.- Two Tension structures.- 6 Tension structures and pressure vessels — with some remarks on boilers, bats and Chinese junks.- 7 Joints, fastenings and people — also about creep and chariot wheels.- 8 Soft materials and living structures — or how to design a worm.- Three Compression and bending structures.- 9 Walls, arches and dams — or cloud-capp’d towers and the stability of masonry.- 10 Something about bridges — or Saint Bénezèt and Saint Isambard.- 11 The advantage of being a beam — with observations on roofs, trusses and masts.- 12 The mysteries of shear and torsion — or Polaris and the bias-cut nightie.- 13 The various ways of failing in compression — or sandwiches, skulls and Dr Euler.- Four And the consequence was….- 14 The philosophy of design — or the shape, the weight and the cost.- 15 A chapter of accidents — a study in sin, error and metal fatigue.- 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.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is nearly thirty years old but still relevant. It's not just about mechanical structures- there is a tremendous amount of information about why humans don't fall down and the mechanical properties of humans that allow us to survive. This book changes the way you look at the world.