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Structures, or, Why things don't fall down

Author: J E Gordon
Publisher: Boston, MA : Springer US, 1978.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Among the living, my colleagues at Reading University have been generous with help, notably Professor W. Biggs (Professor of Building Technology), Dr Richard Chaplin, Dr Giorgio Jeronimidis, Dr  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J E Gordon
ISBN: 9781461590743 1461590744 9781461590767 1461590760
OCLC Number: 859155938
Description: 1 online resource
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.
Other Titles: Why things don't fall down
Responsibility: by J.E. Gordon.

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