The Engineering Book

The Engineering Book

From the Catapult to the Curiosity Rover : 250 Milestones in the History of Engineering

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Engineering is where human knowledge meets real-world problems--and solves them. It's the source of some of our greatest inventions, from the catapult to the jet engine. Marshall Brain, creator of the How Stuff Works series and a professor at the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NCSU, provides a detailed look at 250 milestones in the discipline. He covers the various areas, including chemical, aerospace, and computer engineering, from ancient history to the present. The topics include architectural wonders like the Acropolis, the Great Wall of China, and the Eiffel Tower; transportation advances such as the high-speed bullet train; medical innovations, including the artificial heart and kidney dialysis; developments in communications, such as the cell pho≠ as well as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, the Large Hadron Collider, the self-driving car, and more.
Publisher: New York : Sterling, [2015]
Copyright Date: © 2015
ISBN: 9781454908098
Branch Call Number: 620 BRAIN
Characteristics: 527 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Nov 13, 2017

Somewhat poorly written; one can sense that the author was hastily trying to complete one entry before going on to the next; the selections themselves are overwhelmingly American, and some areas of engineering are nearly totally ignored (chemical engineering). It has probably the worst further reading guide I've ever seen - every entry just has a "tinyurl" website.

May 20, 2015

I'm giving this two stars for effort, but extremely disappointed in the errors or misinformation the author is promoting. Crediting Einstein with the invention of the LASER is like crediting Jules Verne with the creation, design and invention of the submarine, all for including it in one of his stories! Chester Gould was the inventor of the LASER, I believe. Also, the author fails to attribute the power grid to Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, a major problem. The author likewise misrepresents the background on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse: there was nothing wrong with the original design, but when the engineer refused to change the materials because the company owners wished to cut costs, he was fired and a more irresponsible or dishonest engineer was hired who did. I forget the original engineer's name, but since the author mentions a name, if it wasn't the second man, but the original engineer, then Marshall Brain has committed a serious case of libel! All other // facts \\ the author mentions should be verified before repeating. [He does get the six basic machines correct, as well as - - sort of - - the inventor of the IP router, Virginia Straziser [misspelled her name, I believe].


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