Log In Sign Up. Willmsa Kendrick. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 19, Brian Clegg rated it liked it. This is a classic example of one of those books that you are much more likely to buy for someone as a present than to know exactly what to do with when you get it.
It consists of small two page spreads with an illustration on one page and a short burst of text on the other. These are words of wisdom for engineers, or for ordinary folk who want to learn the engineering equivalent of the force. Some give a little historical background, others showing, for instance, why roundabouts are better than conventional four-way intersections because civil engineering is engineering too — in fact, according to another entry, the granddaddy of them all.
The hesitation in that first paragraph really comes from the fact that I am an old fashioned, sit down and read a book end to end kind of person. Books like this work better as dip-in titles. Perhaps to keep in the smallest room in the house. A niche market, admittedly, but in this case a beautifully engineered one.
May 06, Matt rated it really liked it. An interesting book. Because I am not an engineer I found some things fascinating and some that I knew nothing about and could not relate to. I wish I knew an engineer, then I could give it away as a gift that would be appreciated. Nov 01, Christopher rated it liked it. Not a terrible book, since there were interesting tidbits throughout. However, this one was not on the same level as Things I learned in Business School. Sep 06, Dylan rated it really liked it.
This book has some negative reviews which I assume are for two main reasons. The book makes some very general statements about some very complex theories. Certified professionals feel like their knowledge set, and thus their value is reduced by what could be perceived as a cheap, digestible read. As a working professional with only a few years of experience I found the book entertaining and useful. Many of the general statements provide a useful template for explaining engineering to individu This book has some negative reviews which I assume are for two main reasons.
Many of the general statements provide a useful template for explaining engineering to individuals with little or no prior knowledge of particular mechanisms. These general statements also serve as useful reminders of the simplicity of many engineering theories in a field where language is often made obscenely mathematical and convoluted.
So this book is only relevant to the layman? I would say not exclusively. In addition to engineering theories, the book also touches on some very basic but intuitive problem approach methods which can be useful reflection for any engineer who wants to increase the quality of their work - or even the quality of their mentoring.
Jul 10, Sean Goh rated it it was ok. TIL that: Overdesigning adds to costs. All engineers calculate. Good engineers communicate. See your engineering work in the framework of the bigger picture, and you'll have an easier time discerning meaning. And various other technical stuff which doesn't stay in the brain as readily.
Nice illustrations, though. Jan 28, Nick rated it liked it. Cheaper than taking a degree in Engineering, a book you can dip into at any point and get an idea worth thinking about, this little compendium is good fun for starting arguments, provoking thoughts, and giving rise to deep musings on the nature of the built universe. Who Knew? I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Most of the chapters consist of only a single paragraph, but each Who Knew?
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