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Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies

Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies

Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies
By Bill Hammack, Patrick Ryan, Nick Ziech

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Book Description

Eight Amazing Engineering Stories reveals the stories behind how engineers use specific elements to create the material world around us. In eight chapters, the EngineerGuy team exposes the magnificence of the innovation and engineering of digital camera imagers, tiny accelerometers, atomic clocks, enriched uranium, batteries, microwave ovens, lasers, and anodized metals. In addition, short primers cover the scientific principles underlying the engineering, including waves, nuclear structure, and electronic transitions. "In Depth" sections cover entropy, semiconductors, and the mathematics of capacitors. Eight Amazing Engineering Stories forms the basis of the fourth series of EngineerGuy videos found on-line.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #148484 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Articulate Noise Books
  • Published on: 2012-04-07
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x .54" w x 6.00" l, .72 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 216 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

About the Author
Make magazine's blog called the EngineerGuy video team “brilliant science and technology documentarian[s]”, whose “videos should be held up as models of how to present complex technical information visually.” Wired called the videos “dazzling.” The team, consisting of Bill Hammack Patrick Ryan, & Nick Ziech, created the stunning series that includes masterful explanations of the engineering underlying LCD monitors, fiber optic communications, and hard disc drives. Ryan and Ziech earned B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois; Hammack, who is currently a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois, earned a M.S. and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at Illinois. Hammack’s work has been recognized by an extraordinarily broad range of scientific, engineering, and journalistic professional societies. From journalists he has won the trifecta of the top science and engineering journalism awards: The National Association of Science Writer's Science in Society Award; the American Chemical Society's Grady-Stack Medal, and the American Institute of Physics' Science Writing Award. From his engineering peers he's been recognized with the ASME's Church Medal, IEEE's Distinguished Literary Contributions Award, ASEE's President's Medal, and the AIChE's Service to Society Award.

Customer Reviews

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Easily worth the money.
By Harlan Kanoa Sheppard
After seeing their shameless plug of this book on YouTube a few times, I gave it a go. It's not a huge risk, given that I've already listened to the soothing voice of Bill Hammack competently explain the inner workings of a number of devices and gadgets already. There's no audio accompaniment to this text (though there should be! I'd have paid extra!) but that doesn't really diminish the value of what's inside.

A series of brief, standalone tales of how things work. The brief discussion on how batteries work was much better than the long-winded yarn found in a chemistry textbook I was reading recently. The overview on the physics of separating isotopes of uranium was mind-boggling in both the sophistication and the engineering that went into refining the technology. Enjoyable book. I hope they make more.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4These additional insights were nice to read about and were worth the humble cost
By Jeffery Holder
A delightful read on the topics Bill Hammack covers on his YouTube channel "Engineer Guy" -
Because of the decision to keep his videos in a short length format, this book is able to dive deeper in to his subjects by explaining further about the history, mechanisms or general chemistry of a topic. These additional insights were nice to read about and were worth the humble cost, which funds go to help further production of engineering videos. Each chapter is a subject of interest and if you're already familiar with Bill Hammack's videos, you will defiantly notice that bulk of the content is almost verbatim from the video scripts; this may deter some people who might expect a completely new dialog of the subjects. This really didn't bother me as the information is still interesting to have. It is also worth noting if you purchase the physical book a digital version is immediately available. Bill provides more information on this book here:

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5Size doesn't matter
By Ali Syed
When i ordered this book, i expected it to resemble one of my backbreaking engineering textbooks; the ones that are dry and too complicated for their own good. However, when i finally received it in the mail, its thin structure surprised me. To the point where I thought that it might not actually learn anything from it.
I was totally wrong, this book has everything for the layman to the professional.
Great read. Also check out the videos Bill Hammack makes on Youtube. Very interesting.

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