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The Engineering Book: From the Catapult to the Curiosity Rover, 250 Milestones in the History of Engineering (Sterling Milestones)

The Engineering Book: From the Catapult to the Curiosity Rover, 250 Milestones in the History of Engineering (Sterling Milestones)

The Engineering Book: From the Catapult to the Curiosity Rover, 250 Milestones in the History of Engineering (Sterling Milestones)
By Marshall Brain

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Book Description

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 phone; as well as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, the Large Hadron Collider, the self-driving car, and more. 

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #166978 in Books
  • Brand: Sterling Publishing
  • Published on: 2015-05-19
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.50" h x 1.60" w x 7.60" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 528 pages

Editorial Reviews

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“[A]n excellent starting point for student researchers and . . . very browsable for the general reader. Visual appeal, easily digested information, and an excellent price point make this entire series highly recommended.” —Booklist

". . . this book is a solid introduction to its topic and can serve to generate interest in the applied sciences and engineering." —Library Journal

About the Author

Marshall Brain is the bestselling author of the How Stuff Works series and a professor at the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NCSU. He has appeared on Oprah, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, CNN, and in many other media outlets to apply his signature approach to unraveling the mysteries of life. Brain was also the host of the National Geographic Channel's The Factory Floor TV show. He lives in NC.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Learning how mankind has strived over several thousand years to unravel engineering mysteries kept my interest
By Paul F. Brooks
The Engineering Book: From the Catapult to the Curiosity Rover, 250 Milestones in the History of Engineering (Sterling Milestones) [0740 - 03-19-2017 - Science - Engineering]

"The Engineering Book" is an excellent source for information about the science of engineering as it relates to items we may take for granted but encounter in every day life - bridges - towers - canals - sailing ships - steam engines etc. . The format of the book is quite intriguing. There are 250 one page essays accompanied by a full page related drawing or photograph. The pages follow a chronological history of concepts, discoveries and objects directly related to the use of Engineering skills and concepts.

I would assume that this book would be an useful addition to a high school library or a unexpected gift to a curious individual considering a career in science.

This volume is part of a series of similar formatted books. I had previously read the Chemistry and Physics edition and will acquire and read the Astronomy book next.

This is a stimulating book in many respects. It's not a text book yet assumes a "reasonable" common sense knowledge of how common everyday items work - think a water wheel, an old type clock or a bow and arrow for examples. Helpful but not necessary is a familiarity with the basic terminologies and concepts of the engineering.

This retired reader has no formal engineering training but an abiding curiosity about the subject. Having the time and inclination I read through the entire book several pages per day. This is a very interesting book that would, I believe, appeal to a wide range of readers. I came away with a deep appreciation of this science and the persistence of its practitioners. Learning how mankind has strived over several thousand years to unravel engineering mysteries and convert that knowledge into practical applications was very inspiring.

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
3Like many engineering projects: compromises.
By Amazon Customer
Some of the articles are a bit lame. Some of the pictures don't really match the articles.
The most glaring example is the picture illustrating the America's Cup racing yachts is of a square masted sailing ship.
How hard would it have been to find an illustration of the original schooner "America"?

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
3Humm, Where's the beef
By G . Martinez
It's a nice high level overview of some of the great inventions. It's s little disappointing in that the information describing the inventions are absolutely minimal at best. If you are interested in any depth this is not the book.
Regardless it's a nice single source that can be used to point to specific areas of interest.
Really not bad for the price.
I encourage the author to do a follow up with more detail.

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