30-Second Engineering

50 key fields, methods, and principles, each explained in half a minute

30-Second Engineering 50 key fields, methods, and principles, each explained in half a minute
Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781782408376
Publisher: Ivy Press
Series: 30 Second
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30-Second Engineering surveys the tasks and challenges that engineers face in every field, from civil to electrical, and explores their methods, inventions, and achievements.

This introduction to engineering is split into 7 chapters that cover:
  • Engineering Methods—from problem solving to applying mathematics
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering—building bridges, taming rivers and industry ethics 
  • Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering—from thrust bearings to robotics
  • Chemical Engineering & Energy Production—energy supplies and industry hazards
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering—from computers to internet storage and biomedical body parts
  • Aerospace & Transport Engineering—driverless cars, floating factories and lessons from space
  • Engineering the future—how engineers endeavour to save the planet
Plus profiles of notable engineers, such as Ernst Dickmanns, William Rankine, Liang Jianying and Fazlur Khan.

Each topic is summarised in 300 words with one image, helping you understand the subject at great speed. Written by industry experts from around the world, this book gives incredible insight to an underrated but integral occupation. Without it, skyscrapers, driverless cars, energy supply systems, AI, factories, the internet, and aircraft would not exist. Engineering enabled our evolution and this book will arm you with the conversational prowess to discuss it.

The author

James Trevelyan is emeritus professor at The University of Western Australia, where he taught engineering for 41 years. He is best-known for pioneering sheep-shearing robots, remote access laboratories, and landmine clearance methods. He won the pre-eminent award for robotics–the Engelberger Science and Technology Award–in 1993. An expert in the theory of engineering practice, Trevelyan has won several national awards for teaching excellence and awards for papers on engineering education. He is author of The Making of an Expert Engineer, which summarises his pioneering research on how engineering work is actually performed.

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Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781782408376
Illustrations: 50
Size: 7.087 in x 9.055 in / 180 mm x 230 mm