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1. Roark's Formulas for Stress and
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2. Damage Tolerance & Durability
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3. Electrochemical Techniques in
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4. Electronic Structure : Basic Theory
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5. Single-Molecule Detection in Solution
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12. Engines of Creation : The Coming
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1. Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain
by Warren C. Young, RichardBudynas
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Asin: 007072542X
Catlog: Book (2001-09-13)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 46204
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Solutions-based approach to quick calculations in structural element design and analysis

Now updated with 30% new material, Roark Formulas for Stress and Strain, Seventh Edition, is the ultimate resource for designers, engineers, and analysts who need to calculate loads and stress. This landmark reference from Warren Young and Richard Budynas provides you with equations and diagrams of structural properties in an easy-to-use, thumb-through format. Updated, with a user-friendly page layout, this new edition includes expanded coverage of joints, bearing and shear stress, experimental stress analysis, and stress concentrations, as well as material behavior coverage and stress and strain measurement. You’ll also find expanded tables and cases; improved notations and figures in the tables; consistent table and equation numbering; and verification of correction factors. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Exelente libro, todo ingeniero Mecanico Debe tener Uno
Excelente para consegir la mayoria de las formulas relacionadas con calculos de esfuerzo y deformacion. Contiene cantidad de referencias para cada caso, de ser necesario rpofundizar mas en el tema. Lo recomiendo ampliamente, lo utilizo en todos mis calculos estructurales.

3-0 out of 5 stars Roark's has been not been improved
The book is now twice the thickness of the 6th Edition book. This makes opening and keeping open the book much more difficult. Also the paper type chosen makes it difficult to turn the pages.

I highly recommend keeping the sixth edition until they figure what is truly important to Structural/Mechanical Engineer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every structural engineer should have a copy.
A very usefull reference book for the practising structural or mechanical engineer. However it could be significantly improved by some modernisation and rationalisation ie: removing references out-dated information and references from the 1920's and 1930's,etc. Also by standardising variables and equations, eg: the variable for the width of a section may be 'b' in one chapter 'd' in another, also 'tw' may represent flange thickness rather than web thickness, etc. The book examples are all in U.S. (lbs, feet) units, annoying the European (N, m) user, and may start on one page, then be interupted by 20 pages of tables before continuing on. So the general layout could do with being significantly improved.

4-0 out of 5 stars still crazy after all this years.....
R&Y's publication, which I became aware of in 1986 is stillan amazing collection of engineering formulas in statics, stability,dynamics and thermal calculations. The IFE uses ANSYS FEA technologyesp. for complex geometries and nonlinear issues: but once in a whilewe appreciate R&Y's work to retain contact to quantities and forthe insight (wrt dimensioning) which interaction with formulas cangive.

R&Y's text sections give much insight, the section onstrenght of materials terminology can be useful (learn - refresh) aswell as the brief immersion into experimental issues.

Frank ExiusIFE BONN Germany...

5-0 out of 5 stars the search stops here
this book has all the possible formulae for all the possible loadings on all the possible types of sections an engineer will ever encounter! a must for the practicing engineer. ... Read more


2. Damage Tolerance & Durability in Material Systems
by Kenneth K. Reifsnider, Scott W. Case
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Asin: 0471152994
Catlog: Book (2002-06-15)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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A daring, original approach to understanding and predicting the mechanical behavior of materials
"Damage is an abstraction . . . Strength is an observable, an independent variable that can be measured, with clear and familiar engineering definitions."
-from the Preface to Damage Tolerance and Durability of Material Systems
Long-term behavior is one of the most challenging and important aspects of material engineering. There is a great need for a useful conceptual or operational framework for measuring long-term behavior. As much a revolution in philosophy as an engineering text, Damage Tolerance and Durability of Material Systems postulates a new mechanistic philosophy and methodology for predicting the remaining strength and life of engineering material. This philosophy associates the local physical changes in material states and stress states caused by time-variable applied environments with global properties and performance.
There are three fundamental issues associated with the mechanical behavior of engineering materials and structures: their stiffness, strength, and life. Treating these issues from the standpoint of technical difficulty, time, and cost for characterization, and relationship to safety, reliability, liability, and economy, the authors explore such topics as:
* Damage tolerance and failure modes
* Factors that determine composite strength
* Micromechanical models of composite stiffness and strength
* Stiffness evolution
* Strength evolution during damage accumulation
* Non-uniform stress states
* Lifetime prediction
With a robust selection of example applications and case studies, this book takes a step toward the fulfillment of a vision of a future in which the prediction of physical properties from first principles will make possible the creation and application of new materials and material systems at a remarkable cost savings.
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3. Electrochemical Techniques in Corrosion Science and Engineering (Corrosion Technology)
by R. G. Kelly, John R. Scully, David W. Shoesmith, Rudolph G. Buchheit, Robert G. Kelly
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
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4. Electronic Structure : Basic Theory and Practical Methods
by Richard M. Martin
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Asin: 0521782856
Catlog: Book (2004-04-08)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The study of the electronic structure of materials is at a momentous stage, with the emergence of new computational methods and theoretical approaches.This volume provides an introduction to the field and describes its conceptual framework, the capabilities of present methods, limitations, and challenges for the future. Many properties of materials can now be determined directly from the fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, bringing new insights into critical problems in physics, chemistry, and materials science. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This book was recommended to me to help me in my research, and has turned out to be one of the best recommendations I have ever received. This is a great book; by far the best I have come across on the topic of computing the properties of condensed phase materials by quantum mechanical simulations. Here are the reasons why.

1. The chapters are well laid out and one chapter flows neatly to the next.

2. The math is kept to a minimum; the author makes a point of communicating important principles and ideas in concise sentences without resorting to derivations. This is ideal for engineers like me; who by training do not know that much math as compared to physicists who specialize in the solid state.

3. Important ideas are clarified up front. Many texts will lead the reader through long and windy paths of proofs and logic before arriving at the conclusion; thereby losing their reader in the process. Not here; important points are stated clearly at the beginning and at the end of each section.

4. Compare, contrast, and context. There are many ideas, models, approximations, and theorems that have been developed in the past century related to electronic structure. Many of these are closely related to each other in their inspiration, derivation, practice, and/or applications. This book makes the connections between the different concepts. For a non-expert reading through the electronic structure literature, terms like APW, OPW, PAW, LAPW, LMTO, etc... can be quite confusing if not placed within an overriding context. This book provides that context.

5. Good use of appendices. Electronic structure is a lot like politics; most practicioners in either field did not receive formal educations in the subject, but instead got into it under the apprenticeship of other people. This is reflected by a lot of literature by those who succeeded in the field; most of it good in showing of the authors' achievements, but generally useless in preparing the next generation of practicioners. For electronic structure, this is manifested by the many books that require prior knowledge of quantum, thermo, crystallography, mat sci, etc.. In effect, these books were written by experts to be read by other experts. Not this book. Basic ideas are kept in the text; and specific proofs and derivations are kept in the appendices. The result is a text that is much easier to read than most others.

6. The book is concept driven; not application driven. Most texts in materials simulations are actually a compilation of chapters written independently by multiple authors. Each chapter might be given a general title; but the text will be bias towards the research of its authors. For example, a chapter on surface calculations might focus entirely on adsorption, or relaxation/reconstruction, or optical properties; but surely not touching all these subjects. This book does not do this; each chapter is driven by basic concepts, and one concept leads to the next.

In all, this is a great textbook and a handy reference book. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


5. Single-Molecule Detection in Solution Methods and Applications
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
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The detection of single molecules opens up new horizons in analytical chemistry, biology and medicine. This discipline, which belongs to the expanding field of nanoscience, has been rapidly emerging over the last ten years.
This handbook provides a thorough overview of the field. It begins with basics of single molecule detection in solution, describes methods and devices (fluorescense correlation spectroscopy, surface enhanced Raman scattering, sensors, especially dyes, screening techniques, especially confocal laser scanning microscopy). In the second part, various applications in life sciences and medicine provide the latest research results.
This modern handbook is a highly accessible reference for a broad community from advanced researchers, specialists and company professionals in physics, spectroscopy, biotechnology, analytical chemistry, and medicine. Written by leading authorities in the field, it is timely and fills a gap - up to now there exists no handbook concerning this theme.
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6. Strength of Materials : A New Unified Theoryfor the 21st Century
by Surya N. Patnaik, Dale Hopkins, Surya N. Pataik, Dale A. Hopkins
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-14)
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
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Strength of Materials provides a comprehensive overview of the latest theory of strength of materials. The unified theory presented in this book is developed around three concepts: Hooke's Law, Equilibrium Equations, and Compatibility conditions. The first two of these methods have been fully understood, but clearly are indirect methods with limitations. Through research, the authors have come to understand compatibility conditions, which, until now, had remained in an immature state of development. This method, the Integrated Force Method (IFM) couples equilibrium and compatibility conditions to determine forces directly.


The combination of these methods allows engineering students from a variety of disciplines to comprehend and compare the attributes of each. The concept that IFM strength of materials theory is problem independent, and can be easily generalized for solving difficult problems in linear, nonlinear, and dynamic regimes is focused upon. Discussion of the theory is limited to simple linear analysis problems suitable for an undergraduate course in strength of materials. To support the teaching application of the book there are problems and an instructor's manual.

úProvides a novel approach integrating two popular indirect solution methods with newly researched, more direct conditions

úCompletes the previously partial theory of strength of materials

úA new frontier in solid mechanics
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7. High-Temperature Structural Materials
by R.W. Cahn, Malcolm McLean, Anthony Evans
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Asin: 0412750104
Catlog: Book (1996-01-15)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Conventional materials, such as nickel based alloys, will not be able to match the required performance specifications for the futuregeneration of high temperature materials. This book reviews thecharacteristics and potential of a wide range of candidate superalloyreplacements, such as ceramics, intermetallics, and their composites.Particular attention is devoted to the problems of processing anddesign with these materials. ... Read more


8. Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials
by Richard W.Hertzberg
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Catlog: Book (1995-12)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Updated to reflect recent developments in our understanding of deformation and fracture processes in structural materials. This completely revised reference includes new sections on isostress analysis, modulus of rupture, creep fracture micromechanicsms, and many more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Strong on Fracture, weaker on Deformation details
I bought this book for a one-credit course at Virginia Tech and hardly ever used it. That, I believe, chiefly reflects excellent teaching methodology and not insufficiency of this book.

Back in Switzerland, I took a big, long course in deformation and fracture mechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and all of a sudden this book came in handy for extra illustrations and alternative explanations. While it is particularly excellent when treating fracture and devotes much space to this subject, deformation mechanics are often simplified or contain omissions in the derivation. Unfortunately, my course went into further detail than Dr. Hertzberg's book, so for the interesting details on deformation (e.g. a good explanation of the Lüders Bands) I must search elsewhere.

However, readers will appreciate the last chapter of case studies, which is instructive and sometimes even humorous (though it might require black humor to find a bursting tank of molasses funny).

In short, if you're into things that break, this book will make you happy. If you want to know what happens before, this book will help, but won't by any means be exhaustive. ... Read more


9. Impact: The Theory and Physical Behaviour of Colliding Solids
by Werner Goldsmith
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Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Carefully organized, skillfully written text examines stereomechanical impact; vibrational aspects of impact; contact phenomena produced by the impact of elastic bodies; dynamic processes involving plastic strains; results of impact experiments and dynamic properties of materials. Well-illustrated treatment presumes some knowledge of partial differential equations, operational calculus and elasticity. 284 illus.
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10. Dynamic Behavior of Materials
by Marc AndréMeyers
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Catlog: Book (1994-09-27)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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Addresses fundamentals and advanced topics relevant to the behavior of materials under in-service conditions such as impact, shock, stress and high-strain rate deformations. Deals extensively with materials from a microstructure perspective which is the future direction of research today. ... Read more


11. Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications
by A. S. Edelstein, R. C. Cammarata
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A marvelous bible
I highly recommend spending your paycheck on this textbook. It might be harder to find than Bin Laden so good luck to all!

5-0 out of 5 stars More than just materials: Good Nanoscale Technology Coverage
Incredibly handy as both tutorial and reference. Every chapter worth the price of the book. Brings many diverse areas of nanoscale science and technology together(e.g.- C60 of course, but also subjects such as magnetotactic bacteria and nanoelectro-optics)in a well-organized single volume. Far too much good material to just borrow it from the library. A personal copy is needed so you can annotate the margins with the many ideas and cross-references this book is bound to stimulate. Belongs on your bookshelf next to Dresselhaus' "Science of Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes" or open on your desk along with some of Smalley's papers. ... Read more


12. Engines of Creation : The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
by ERIC DREXLER
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Catlog: Book (1987-10-16)
Publisher: Anchor
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5-0 out of 5 stars Grasps the essential 'Zeitgeist' of what we call technology.
Years ago, my friends and I realized that all the sciences were not really seperate fields, but linked by matter itself and the emerging laws of physics. Richard Feynman in the late '50s voiced the foundation of what Drexler further grew into a tour de force he coined 'nanotechnology'. When Drexler's 'Engines of Creation' appeared, I realized instantly that this book was the ignition point for a technological shift of such scope, that the majority of the population doesn't quite yet realize the incredible double-edged potential. The physics are there, the models are there, the amazing molecular complexity and abundance of life itself illustrates the possibilities; we only lack the tools; however, a simple search on the Net will show that they'll probably be here more quickly that we anticipate. Look at the estimates that it would take 20 years to decode DNA; recent breakthoughs will allow it to be complete by 2002. A must read for someone who wants to get their feet wet and ride the approaching wave.

5-0 out of 5 stars Engineer of Innovation
If you were to ask the world's greatest authorities on modern technology to select the five most influential books written thus far on that subject, Engines of Creation would probably be on most (if not all) lists. In it, Drexler analyzes "the coming era of nanotechnology." Obviously, that era has (since 1986) arrived. Nonetheless, Drexler's observations remain both valid and instructive. The book is organized as Part One: The Foundations of Foresight, Part Two: Profiles of the Possible, and Part Three: Dangers and Hopes. In certain respects, Engines of Creation is even more valuable today than it was when first published. It should be required reading for undergraduate and graduate students (especially those at work on a degree in engineering, the natural sciences, mathematics, or business) as well as for executives in organizations which hope to survive the "age of nanotechnology." Think of your organization as a vehicle. Viewed as such, it obviously needs an engine, fuel, a transmission, a brake, an accelerator, etc. Speed is only one component of the formula for success. Durability is another. For your organization to reach its destination, it must also have a map. Engines of Creation is about technology, of course, and it is also about innovation in an age when speed is often the difference between success and failure. But Drexler also provides the equivalent of a map to guide his reader. Misdirected speed can demolish an entire organization as well as a single vehicle....and those within it. Years from now, Engines of Creation will still be read and admired. Why? Because it will still be relevant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Nonfiction Nanotech Intro
THE best nonfiction intro to nanotechnology yet written--by the father of nanotechnology, K. Eric Drexler. The must-have book that started it all. If you'd like a dramatic presentation of what nanotechnology will be able to do once it's developed, read the new novel NANO by John Robert Marlow ("the most important piece of fiction written to date" says Nanotechnology Now's editor in his amazon review). ENGINES is the best nonfiction book on this topic; NANO the best fiction. Read 'em both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still relevant after fifteen years
It's important to judge this book in context. It was written more than fifteen years ago and that the ideas are still provocative fifteen years on is important. That they are relevant is testament to Drexler's predictive powers (When in 1987 he evangelises a hypertext based system of leaping between fragments of information stored on a network - well, sound familiar?). Progress in the intervening years sees us with tangible advances in the fields of nanocomputing, bionanotechnology and nanomedicine. Scientific criticism of this book often focuses on Drexler's concept of an assembler (a molecular machine for building nanoscale objects). The concept is attacked either for dissimilarities with existing biological systems or because the critics claim molecular manufacturing simply can't be done. Significantly, Dr. Drexler continues to defend his original thesis in recent writings. 'Engines of Creation' is bold, provocative and at times frightening. It deserves its accolades.

5-0 out of 5 stars A revolutionary book...
Despite a massive assault by its critics, "Engines of Creation" is a truly revolutionary work, and Eric Drexler should be commended for launching a worldwide discussion on the topic of molecular manufacturing, or molecular nanotechnology (MNT), as some refer to it. First of all, this is a book that needs to be updated (the opening chapters deal in-depth with protein design and a later chapter tries to paint a picture of a future network of information known as "the Internet"). But the remainder of the book is timeless.

The true merit of "Engines of Creation" comes not from the argument of whether or not manipulation of individual molecules is possible. We already know that it is. Our bodies are filled with nature's own molecular machines. But the true worth of this book stems from its assumption that such technology will develop into a worldwide enterprise and will have enormous consequences for the human experience. The importance of the examination and study of those consequences cannot be overstated, and Drexler formed the Foresight Institute in an attempt to grapple with many of these issues. (Although personally, I recommend The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology as the best "think-tank" on MNT's benefits and dangers).

The power to thoroughly and inexpensively control the structure of matter will effect every aspect of the human experience, and although it is a worthy endeavor to speculate on the implications for medicine, space exploration, ending poverty, etc., none of these benefits will be realized if we fail to work out a reasonable system of governance in the nanotechnic era. The development of molecular manufacturing will lead to the creation of new weapons of destructive power, possibly give rise to demagogues, and provide the conditions necessary to precipitate a dangerous, and possibly world-threatening, arms race between competing nanotechnic nation-states. Although we have faced these concerns since the dawn of the Nuclear Age, it remains unclear as to whether or not the same principles of mutually assured destruction will apply. "Engines of Creation" sparks the debate on how we will deal with the new problems that arise from man's ability to manipulate molecules, and in doing so, it provides an invaluable service to the human race.

Those concerned about our future and the world in which we live should read this book, because molecular manufacturing will define that future world...

Britt Gillette
Author of the nanotechnology thriller "Conquest of Paradise" ... Read more


13. The Measurement of Appearance, 2nd Edition
by RichardHunter, Richard W.Harold
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Catlog: Book (1987-08-25)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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This second edition of a unique text/reference identifies the appearance attributes of objects and the methods available for measuring them, bringing together much material not previously organized for ready reference. The primary premise here is that ``object appearance'' involves not only color, but such attributes as gloss, luster, and translucency. The first part of the book, concerned with nature of appearance, draws from the fields of physiology and psychology and considers the eye-brain combination and the way it receives and interprets light signals. This is followed by a consideration of the optical properties of objects from the physical standpoint. The second part of the book deals with the numerical scales used to measure object appearance. The discussion here draws on psychophysics in describing the uses of physical techniques to give numbers having psychological significance. The third part of the book covers instruments for the measurement of the attributes of object appearance, their principles of design, and a survey of the major ones in use. The final chapter discusses specific applications of appearance measurement. Includes appendixes and a glossary. ... Read more


14. Introduction To Nanoscale Science And Technology (Nanoscale Science and Technology)
by Massimiliano Di Ventra, Stephane Evoy, James R. Heflin
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-31)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Nanoscale science and technology is a young, promising field that encompasses a wide range of disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and materials science. With rapid advances in areas such as molecular electronics, synthetic biomolecular motors, DNA-based self-assembly, and manipulation of individual atoms, nanotechnology has captured the attention and imagination of researchers and the general public.
Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology provides a broad and thorough introduction that is aimed specifically at undergraduate seniors and early graduate students in all of the disciplines enumerated above. It will also be of value to academic, industrial, and government researchers interested in a primer in the field.
The book consists of twenty-three chapters arranged in seven sections. All chapters have been written by experts from each respective field. Exercises and general references are provided at the end of each chapter to encourage students to expand on the topics discussed in the book. A CD-ROM containing color copies of all figures accompanies the book, allowing rapid preparation of lecture materials by faculty.
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15. Advanced Strength of Materials (Dover Books on Engineering)
by J. P. Den Hartog
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Catlog: Book (1987-07-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Superbly written advanced text covers torsion, rotating disks, membrane stresses in shells, much more. Many problems and answers. Reprint of 1952 ed.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Den Hartog is a master of solid mechanics. This text covers all the important topics very well, especially energy methods and torsion of non-circular cross-sections. ... Read more


16. Ubiquity : Why Catastrophes Happen
by MARK BUCHANAN
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-05)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Clear Explanation of the Complexity Theory
I tried to learn the complexity theory, what the power law was etc from popular science books. Those I read prior to this did not make the job. For example they all gave the sand-pile example but did not really explain how it might trigger avalanches in different sizes and how the power law explains the relationship between avalanche sizes and the frequency of avalanches.
This book does them all very clearly. Buchanan's book is an excellent book for beginners of the complexity theory.

5-0 out of 5 stars the power of simple toy models
I think the book is really great at discusing the practical ramifactions of the simple toy models of sand castles ala Per Bak. The book doesn't go into nearly enough detail about the mathematics of the models. At its heart the book, takes the sand-castle pile,as a model of earthquakes, and equally simple epedimic models and forest fire models and applies them metamorphorically to the history of scientific revolutions ala Kuhn, stock prices, war and revolution. Perhaps the scale invariance in the size of paradigmn shifts, helps explain why many though Kuhn was inconsistent in his use of the word paradigm.
There isn't alot of detail in the history section but still the book would make great airplane reading and is well worth while. I hope someday someone(or did Wolfram try that?) will come out with a systematic can concise catalog of these toy models that push the behavior of stystems to that 'complex boundary of chaotic behavior...

5-0 out of 5 stars hidden systems
One of the ways I judge a book's worth to me is how often I think about it during the day, and in the days after I've finished it, and if it has added a valuable viewpoint reference. This book has scored high on that scale. This is a book that will present a new way of viewing, something to think about, and I think most would enjoy reading it. The first reviewer had an excellent synopsis of the substance of the points of the book.

I am intrigued by systems thinking and explanations, a way to distill the random patterns of whatever a person is dealing with in their daily life, from the rare to the mundane. I was fascinated with the modeled games presented and how they illuminate the heart of the underlying mathematical "engine" that permeates our world. To see these findings correlate with the recent face of physics theories was compelling.

I had recently finished "The hole in the Universe" by K.C. Cole, and thought about the condition of our universe being in a particular "frozen" state of conditions and how it's possible that that state could be "kicked down" to another "rung" on the ladder-not predictable as to when or under what conditions. It seemed to be a reiteration of these principles, seen on an immense scale.

This picture could be disconcerting as to the randomness of chaos potential, but at the same time it presents a view of the dynamism of life and possibilities, how it can't be any other way if we are able to move and have effect and not live in a static world.

How does this affect one's world view? It's the same as if you haven't read the book; navigate through as best you can, and appreciate life.

5-0 out of 5 stars A clear presentation of a crucial idea
Who hasn't wondered why catastrophes happen, and if they can be predicted or avoided? Economists and investors try to understand why markets crash, seismologists struggle to understand and predict great earthquakes, and historians speculate why empires crumble and global cataclysms such as the First and Second World Wars occur.

Physicist and science journalist Mark Buchanan brings the science of what he calls "historical physics"--the study of systems that are far from equilibrium and, as he puts it poised "on the knife edge of instability" to bear on these questions.

He describes a much-studied model of such catastrophe-prone systems, a simple sandpile. Build a sandpile by dropping one grain at a time on the top of the heap. It will eventually reach a critical state at which a grain can either make the pile a bit taller or start an avalanche, small or large. Scientists experimenting with real and virtual sandpiles have observed several important regularities:

1. The time between avalanches is extremely variable, making it essentially impossible to predict when the next avalanche will occur.

2. The size of avalanches is also extremely variable, making it essentially impossible to predict whether the next avalanche will be tiny or huge.

3. A big avalanche doesn't need a big cause; one grain can trigger a sandpile-flattening event.

4. Avalanche sizes follow what mathematicians call a power law. What that means is that large events happen less frequently than small ones according to a fixed ratio. For sandpiles the frequency goes down by a factor of 2.14 for each doubling of avalanche size. For earthquakes the frequency goes down by a factor of four for each doubling of released energy.

5. Any process that follows a power law shows two key features. The events are "scale invariant," meaning that no particular size of event is favored. And large events--big avalanches, 8.0 earthquakes, "1000-year floods" and many other kinds of catastrophic events occur far more frequently than common sense would suggest.

We tend to assume that events distribute themselves along the familiar normal curve--like height, weight, IQ scores, etc. These distributions do have a favored scale--most people cluster around the average height, weight, or IQ, while the number of people with extremely low or extremely high scores is very small.

Buchanan shows that many events that greatly impact our lives represent changes in sandpile-like systems, and so are not just hard to predict, but inherently unpredictable. The one thing that can be predicted is that huge events will occur far more often than our intuition prepares us for.

Many natural events follow power laws, including earthquakes, forest fires, floods and the mass extinctions that have punctuated the history of life on earth. And many human events also show these regularities, including traffic jams, market crashes, the collapse of nations and empires, and wars.

Buchanan's presentation of these regularities and their implications is well reasoned, well documented and well written. Read it for yourself, and see if the ideas he presents don't help you to understand what seems to be a profound pattern that underlies many of the events that shape and shake our lives.

Robert Adler, author of Science Firsts: From the Creation of Science to the Science of Creation (Wiley & Sons, September 2002).

5-0 out of 5 stars I never thought of that
Wow! I am constantly amazed when someones careful investigation, and word crafting puts together a book like this.
The Author charts out the research path of scientists working in diverse fields as seismology and fire science,and takes the work on these seemingly random events and shows that there is a demonstrable, repeatable science to them.
More amazingly, he takes recent research work and shows that a large number of seemingly controlled things of mankind, such as city size, are driven by these same mathematical laws.
Even though the author alludes to the fact that these are events that just happen, and implies that they are beyond our control, I am hopeful that people are extending on this wonderful work to see the horizons of mankinds future in many different fields.
Brilliant work. If you are interested in the line of human history, and in the future, this is a great read. ... Read more


17. History of Strength of Materials
by Stephen P. Timoshenko
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Catlog: Book (1983-02-01)
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Excellent historical survey of the strength of materials with many references to the theories of elasticity and structure. 245 figures.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Necessary to the students who are studyng Civil Eng.
This is a very good book. if you are a first or second year student studying any engineering(especialy Mechanics and Civil Eng.), You'd better it now. It helps you to understand the foundation theorem of mechanics especialy in elasticity. It's very helpful if you read it with Timoshenko and Gere's "Mechanics of materials"

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the library
This book is an excellent addition to the library. It's fascinating to read about all those great pioneers in mechanics, like Galileo,Prandtl,(he was also a great scientist in hydrodynamics and boundary layer theory) Boussinesq, Foppl and others. It's also interesting to know where the various assumptions we use today come from. (Transverse Shear deformation effects etc.,). The origin of beautiful concepts like Castigliano's theorem, minimum complementary energy theorem, betti maxwell reciprocity theorem etc are also given. Will make a very good reading for a weekend, if you are interested in mechanics of materials.

5-0 out of 5 stars History of stregth of materials
Who was invented the strength of materials, and who invented the moments of inertia. ... Read more


18. Quantum Physics in One Dimension (The International Series of Monographs on Physics, 121)
by Thierry Giamarchi
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19. Statics and Mechanics of Materials : An Integrated Approach
by William F.Riley, Leroy D.Sturges, Don H.Morris
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-19)
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Designed to emphasize the fundamental principles, this book includes abundant applications to demonstrate and develop logical, orderly methods of procedure. Instead of deriving numerous formulas for all types of problems, the authors have stressed the use of free-body diagrams and the equations of equilibrium, together with the geometry of the deformed body and the observed relations between stress and strain, for the analysis of the force system action of a body. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Statics and Mechanics Review
This book covers the material well. Some of the later chapters tend to loose the reader with a bunch of jargon. Overall, the book facilitated my learning of the material. I am still wondering about a solutions manual to accompany the text. ... Read more


20. Ultrasonic Waves in Solid Media
by Joseph L. Rose
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-16)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Ultrasonic wave techniques are used increasingly in areas ranging from non-destructive inspection of materials to medical diagnosis. This book brings together basic physics and modern applications. It explains the physical principles of wave propagation and then relates them to ultrasonic wave mechanics and the more recent guided wave techniques that are used to inspect and evaluate aircraft, power plants, and pipelines in chemical processing plants. Among topics covered are wave propagation in plates, rods, hollow cylinders, and multiple layers in solid and composite materials; reflection and refraction; surface and subsurface waves; and horizontal shear wave propagation. Appendices provide background information on ultrasonic non-destructive testing, elasticity theory, and complex variables, and key wave propagation experiments. The text is amplified with numerous examples, laboratory experiments, and homework exercises. Graduate students, researchers, and practising engineers will find Ultrasonic Waves in Solid Media an invaluable reference to this active field. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Book of Ultrasonics for NDT
Dr. Rose has presented a text for students, engineers and reseachers that covers the wide ranging field of Ultrasonic waves in solid media. While those of us working in the field represent a fairly small set of practioners, anyone doing work in this industry beyond simple UT examination will find this book very helpful. It is most directed towards graduate students and researchers but it has a wealth of information for engineers and practicioners who want a higher level of understanding. You can gain as much as you wish from this book both in terms of mathematical theory as well as practical applied information. My only critique would be that there is a large body of work by Dr. R.B. Thompson regarding ultrasonic lamb waves that did not make it into the reference lists. Overall though, the book should become a standard for those working in this industry. It's list of references is fairly complete and useful. ... Read more


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