30-Second Engineering: 50 key principles, methods, and fields explained in half a minute

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Major buildings, energy supply systems, chemical plants, food processing, and aircraft are all examples of engineering today. Despite such diversity, nearly all engineering fields rely on common principles and methods, and there is remarkable similarity in the daily work of engineers. Engineers spend most effort organising and coordinating collaborative work by all the diverse people involved, guided by their technical knowledge and experience. Unlike physics or biology, where immutable laws underpin the study, the essence of engineering is found in how theory is applied judgementally. To quickly grasp the nature of engineering the fifty summaries in 30-Second Engineering outlines types of engineering from mechanical to chemical; the universal stages of a collaborative engineering project; and the key ways engineering can solve the challenges of our future earth.
Edited and written by James Trevelyan, together with contributions from the following leading engineering experts from around the world:
Roma Agrawal, John W. Blake, Colin Brown, George Catalano, Doug Cooper, Kate Disney, Gong Ke, Roger Hadgraft, Jan Hayes, Marlene Kanga, John Krupczak, Raj Kurup, Julia Lamborn, Andrew McVeigh, Sean Moran, Paul Newman, Hung Nguyen, Jenn Stroud Rossmann, Veena Sahajwalla, Thomas Sancho, Jonathon Scott, Tim Sercombe, Paul Shearing, Donglu Shi, Matt Smith, Jorge Spitalnik, Neill Stansbury.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherIvy Press
Commissioning bodyIvy Press
Number of pages160
ISBN (Print)978-1782408376
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


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