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Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
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Civil engineering has made an inestimable contribution to modern life, providing the crucial expertise behind our vast transportation systems and the wide array of built structures where we work, study, and play. In this Very Short Introduction, engineer David Muir Wood turns a spotlight on a field that we often take for granted. He sheds light on the nature and importance of civil engineering in the history of civilization and urbanization, outlines its many accomplishments in the modern era, and points to the hurdles that civil engineering will face in the future. Beginning with the task of creating a settlement on a deserted island, Muir Wood sets out the problems that civil engineers face every day, highlighting the social and environmental challenges as well as the grasp of science and technology needed to craft buildings, bridges, tunnels, houses, and areas of recreation. The author also profiles the lives of some of the major civil engineers, such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the acclaimed builder of steamships, railways, and tunnels, and Sir Joseph Bazalgette, whose sewer system in central London was instrumental in relieving the city from cholera epidemics. Finally, Muir Wood considers the growing difficulty of managing our water and energy supplies, and he looks at the engineering profession's increased sensitivity to building and the environment.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #142797 in Books
- Brand: Brand: Oxford University Press, USA
- Published on: 2012-11-25
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 4.40" h x .50" w x 6.60" l, .2 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 160 pages
- Used Book in Good Condition
About the Author
David Muir Wood is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Just learned I'd be teaching an Intro to Civil Engineering ...
By Amazon Customer
Just learned I'd be teaching an Intro to Civil Engineering class this Fall for freshmen-level students. Although certainly not the only course material, I plan to incorporate this book into the class. It is very informative, yet written so that someone who is just being introduced to the discipline can understand the material. This book will help me set the global and societal context of civil engineering for new students that don't yet know the language of the profession.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
It May Be Very Short in Length But not in Value
By Dr Y
I'm crazy about the "Very Short Introduction" series. These books are written for the layperson by absolute experts in in the field. And most of them are written at a level that satisfies the thirst for knowledge without draining the joy juices from your brain with dry desert-like details. The Engineering volume is excellent; it answers questions I've frequently pondered about what factors affect how things are built.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
By Amazon Customer
I'm about halfway through the book. I'm a software engineer, but have been interested in materials and methods for construction and civil engineering. This book hit the spot. Enjoyable, light reading, that covers the (very) basics interspersed with some historical construction projects and events.