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Structures, or, Why things don't fall down

Author: J E Gordon
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Hachette Books editionView all editions and formats
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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 bias-cut dress, 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J E Gordon
ISBN: 9780306812835 0306812835
OCLC Number: 1176222851
Notes: Originally published: Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, 1978.
Description: 395 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword --
The structure in our lives : or how to communicate with engineers --
Part I. The difficult birth of the science of elasticity. Why structures carry loads : or the springiness of solids ; The invention of stress and strain : or Baron Cauchy and the decipherment of Young's modulus ; Designing for safety : or can you really trust strength calculations? ; Strain energy and modern fracture mechanics : with a digression on bows, catapults and kangaroos --
Part II. Tension structures. Tension structures and pressure vessels : with some remarks on boilers, bats and Chinese junks ; Joints, fastenings and people : also about creep and chariot wheels ; Soft materials and living structures : or how to design a worm --
Part III. Compression and bending structures. Walls, arches and dams : or cloud-capp'd towers and the stability of masonry ; Something about bridges : or Saint Bénezèt and Saint Isambard ; The advantage of being a beam : with observations on roofs, trusses and masts ; The mysteries of shear and torsion : or Polaris and the bias-cut nightie ; The various ways of failing in compression : or sandwiches, skulls and Dr. Euler --
Part IV. And the consequence was ... The philosophy of design : or the shape, the weight and the cost ; A chapter of accidents : a study in sin, error and metal fatigue ; 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.
Other Titles: Structures
Structures
Why things don't fall down
Responsibility: J.E. Gordon.

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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 bias-cut dress, 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, Gordon includes such chapters as "How to Design a Worm" and "The Advantage of Being a Beam," offering humorous insights in human and natural creation.

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