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Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge
Chief Engineer
Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge
Hardcover      ISBN: 1620400510

The first full biography of a crucial figure in the American story--Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge.

I know that nothing can be done perfectly at the first trial; I also know that each day brings its little quota of experiences, which with honest intentions, will lead to perfection after a while. --Washington Roebling

His father conceived of the Brooklyn Bridge, but after John Roebling's sudden death, Washington Roebling built what has become one of American's most iconic structures--as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Yet, as recognizable as the bridge is, its builder is too often forgotten--and his life is of interest far beyond his chosen field. It is the story of immigrants, of the frontier, of the greatest crisis in American history, and of the making of the modern world.

Forty years after the publication of The Great Bridge, David McCullough's classic chronicle of how the East River was spanned, Erica Wagner has written a fascinating biography of one of America's most distinguished engineers, a man whose long life was a model of courage in the face of extraordinary adversity. Chief Engineer is enriched by Roebling's own eloquent voice, unveiled in his recently-discovered memoir that was previously thought lost to history.

The memoir reveals that his father, John-a renowned engineer who made his life in America after humble beginnings in Germany-was a tyrannical presence in Washington's life, so his own adoption of that career was hard won. A young man when the Civil War broke out, Washington joined the Union Army, building bridges that carried soldiers across rivers and seeing action in many pivotal battles, from Antietam to Gettysburg-aspects of his life never before fully brought to light. Safely returned, he married the remarkable Emily Warren Roebling, who would play a crucial role in the construction of the unprecedented Brooklyn Bridge. It would be Washington Roebling's grandest achievement-but by no means the only one.

Elegantly written with a compelling narrative sweep, Chief Engineer will introduce Washington Roebling and his era to a new generation of readers.
The Spotter's Guide to Urban Engineering: Infrastructure and Technology in the Modern Landscape
The Spotter's Guide to Urban Engineering
Infrastructure and Technology in the Modern Landscape
Paperback      ISBN: 1554077087

An illustrated field guide to the technology that keeps our cities and towns working.

The Spotter's Guide to Urban Engineering is a useful identification tool to the mysteries of how our cities are built and work.

Each spread identifies an example of urban engineering and describes what it is, how it works and why it is there. Annotated diagrams explain the technology, and location maps indicate noteworthy real-world examples. Most importantly for spotters, the book gives advice on how to identify these features and tips on where to spot them.

The book covers the main areas of engineering infrastructure. Concise descriptions begin with a brief introduction, a timeline tracing that area's development and a synopsis of facts and figures. More than 300 illustrations and a durable flexibound format allow for easy reference in the field.

The book covers:

  • Managing raw materials, including mining, agriculture, waterworks and manufacturing
  • Making power, including electricity grids, oil and gas extraction and distribution, and renewable energy
  • Transport, including highways, railways, bridges, tunnels, canals and aviation
  • Communications, including telephone, radio, television, satellites and digital technology
  • Waste, including sewers, industrial and residential waste management, recycling.

The Spotter's Guide to Urban Engineering provides lay readers with a fascinating introduction to the technology that underpins modern life. Those contemplating a career in civil engineering will find the book of particular interest.

Industry, Architecture, and Engineering: American Ingenuity, 1750-1950
Industry, Architecture, and Engineering
American Ingenuity, 1750-1950
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810934736

Hoover Dam, the Erie Canal, the steel mills of Pittsburgh -- America's contributions to industry and technology are among our finest achievements. This book, the only comprehensive illustrated history of American industrial architecture and civil engineering from the 18th to 20th centuries, is an invaluable record of a key aspect of our heritage -- and a proud testament to American ingenuity.

The lively, informative text is illustrated with compelling photographs, both historic and contemporary, most from the impressive collection of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) of the National Park Service. Among the sites featured are the early factories and textile mills of Paterson, New Jersey, and Lowell, Massachusetts, where the American Industrial Revolution began; the innovative River Rouge automobile plant in Dearborn, Michigan; the Sloss Iron Furnaces of Birmingham, Alabama, center of the cast-iron industry; and all types of bridges, from covered wooden structures to the great Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Applied Minds: How Engineers Think
Applied Minds
How Engineers Think
Hardcover      ISBN: 039323987x

Dubai's Burj Khalifa--the world's tallest building--looks nothing like Microsoft's Office Suite, and digital surround sound doesn't work like a citywide telecommunication grid. Yet these engineering feats have much in common.

Applied Minds explores the unique visions and mental tools of engineers to reveal the enormous--and often understated--influence they wield in transforming problems into opportunities. The resulting account pairs the innovators of modern history--Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, Steve Jobs--with everything from ATMs and the ZIP code system to the disposable diaper.

An engineer himself, Guru Madhavan introduces a flexible intellectual tool kit called modular systems thinking as he explains the discipline's penchant for seeing structure where there is none. The creations that result from this process express the engineer's answers to the fundamental questions of design: usefulness, functionality, reliability, and user friendliness.

Through narratives and case studies spanning the brilliant history of engineering, Madhavan shows how the concepts of prototyping, efficiency, reliability, standards, optimization, and feedback are put to use in fields as diverse as transportation, retail, health care, and entertainment.

Equal parts personal, practical, and profound, Applied Minds charts a path to a future where we apply strategies borrowed from engineering to create useful and inspired solutions to our most pressing challenges.

How Things Work
How Things Work
Hardcover      ISBN: 0785832432

Have you ever looked at a car and wondered how it worked? Maybe an airplane piqued your curiosity, or a building, or a piece of everyday technology like your phone.

With full color cross sections, How Things Work, finally answers these questions. More than 100 things are dissected so that one can examine the inner workings of things as diverse as a 3D printer or a television. The book is organized categorically into ten chapters, covering topics like Transportation, Architecture, Communication, and Ancient Civilizations. Each chapter has eleven subjects that are dissected through diagrams and cross sections. A thematic index at the end allows one to easily locate all items of interest.

Learn about how these things developed over time and how they impacted the course of human development. From ancient chariots of war, to the telegraph, to the technologies of the future, learn about the mechanics of the world around us.

The How Things Work series explores a vast array of complicated subjects in the world around us, breaking each down into easy-to-understand pieces. With infographics and cutaway artwork to dissect everything from Wi-Fi to the Big Bang, this accessible family reference series is a perfect introduction to understanding all the moving parts of our universe.

Also in this series: How the Earth Works and How the Universe Works.

The Great Bridge
The Great Bridge
Paperback      ISBN: 067145711x

The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge at the time, a tale of greed, corruption, and obstruction but also of optimism, heroism, and determination, told by master historian David McCullough.

This monumental book is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events in our nation's history, during the Age of Optimism--a period when Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.

In the years around 1870, when the project was first undertaken, the concept of building an unprecedented bridge to span the East River between the great cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the great cathedrals. Throughout the fourteen years of its construction, the odds against the successful completion of the bridge seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time and of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in either constructing or exploiting the surpassing enterprise.
How Things Work 2nd Edition: An Illustrated Guide to the Mechanics Behind the World Around Us
How Things Work 2nd Edition
An Illustrated Guide to the Mechanics Behind the World Around Us
Hardcover      ISBN: 078583740x

Have you ever looked at a car and wondered how it worked? Maybe an airplane piqued your curiosity, or the arches of a particular building, or maybe a piece of technology that you handle daily, such as your phone? Objects, history, places, processes... all fall under the umbrella of "thing." Learn about how these things developed over time and how they impacted the course of human development. From ancient chariots of war, to the telegraph, to the technologies of the future, learn about the mechanics of the world around us.

With full color cross sections, this new and revised version of How Things Work updates readers on questions of the ever-evolving world around us. More than 100 "things" are dissected so that one can examine the inner workings from milk production to touch screens. The book is broken categorically into ten sections (Ancient Civilizations, Architecture, Communication, Energy, Everyday Technology, Food Industry, Machines of War, Science, Space Exploration, Transportation), readers are given a complete education on the mechanics of the world around them. Each chapter has eleven subjects that are dissected through diagrams and cross sections with cut away images to show what is really under the surface of each item and process. A thematic index at the end allows one to easily locate all items of interest.

The world is a complex and confusing place. How Things Work does it's best to bring down the confusion a little bit.

The How Things Work series explores a vast array of complicated subjects in the world around us, breaking each down into easy-to-understand pieces. With infographics and cutaway artwork to dissect everything from Wi-Fi to the Big Bang, this accessible family reference series is a perfect introduction to understanding all the moving parts of our universe.

Also in this series: How the Earth Works and How the Universe Works.

Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America
Engineers of Dreams
Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America
Paperback      ISBN: 0679760210

Petroski reveals the science and engineering--not to mention the politics, egotism, and sheer magic--behind America's great bridges, particularly those constructed during the great bridge-building era starting in the 1870s and continuing through the 1930s. It is the story of the men and women who built the St. Louis, the George Washington, and the Golden Gate bridges, drawing not only on their mastery of numbers but on their gifts for persuasion and self-promotion. It is an account of triumphs and ignominious disasters (including the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which literally twisted itself apart in a high wind). And throughout this grandly engaging book, Petroski lets us see how bridges became the "symbols and souls" of our civilization, as well as testaments to their builders' vision, ingenuity, and perseverance.


"Seamlessly linked...With astonishing scope and generosity of view, Mr. Petroski places the tradition of American bridge-building in perspective."--New York Times Book Review
We: Robot: The Robots That Already Rule Our World
We: Robot
The Robots That Already Rule Our World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1781317461

"For someone interested in practical present day robotics it's a treasure trove. A book-sized Top Trumps rove across the technical domain, with each section containing a photo of the precise robot, an overview of its main components and some context for its aims and purposes." - Electronics Weekly

Robots exist all around us. They populate our factories, assist our surgeons and have become an integral part of our armed forces. But they are not just working behind the scenes - impressive inventions such as free-roaming hoovers takecare of your household chores and the iPal is set to become your closest friend.

David Hambling reveals the groundbreaking machines - once the realm of science fiction - that are by our sides today, and those that are set to change the future forever. From the Reem robocop that polices the streets of Dubai to the drones that deliver our parcels and even the uncanny Gemonoid Hi-4 built to look just like you, here are fifty unique robots that reach into every aspect of our daily lives.

We: Robot examines why robots have become embedded in our culture, how they work and what they tell us about our society and its future.

Bridges
Bridges
Hardcover      ISBN: 1884822754

Introduction by Frank O. Gehry. Opening to a dazzling full-yard span, this panoramic tour introduces more than fifty of the world's greatest bridges in 200 high-quality black-&-white photographs and an engaging text that sheds light on the historical and technological background of constructions that range from the ancient Roman Pont du Gard to the newly constructed Tsing Ma bridge in Hong Kong.