Why Things Break

Why Things Break

Understanding the World by the Way It Comes Apart

Book - 2003
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Explores what holds things together, what breaks them apart, and what this means in terms of daily life, and explains what the field of materials science has revealed about cracks, fissures, faults, and other "materials failures."

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& Taylor

A fascinating exploration of what holds things together, what breaks them apart, and what this means in terms of our everyday lives explains what the field of materials science has revealed about cracks, fissures, faults, and other "materials failures" and what this meanins in terms of everything from the crash of hard disk drive to the Challenger explosion. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
Description: ix, 256 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781400047604
1400047609
Branch Call Number: 620.112 Ebe

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jvences
Apr 07, 2018

This book attracted my attention due its title. Although, the answer to "why things break?" is not provided, it keeps you entertained by giving multiple examples of important engineering events. From failures to discoveries that have happened in human history. Yes, it is a mixture of the author's memories with fine description of abstract concepts he encountered/learned along his education career-life.

Downside perhaps is that, effectively, the author sways frequently from the science and political fields by clearly noticing his disagreement with the government, regarding science. It is an enjoyable read, and for sure I highly recommend it to all those curious minds with likes into science matters. A most, for any engineering student or already engineer out there.

Now I know the great and importante difference between plutonium-238 and -239 (page 154).

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Liber_vermis
Sep 17, 2013

On page 245, the author admits to his readers, finally, that "This book has been concerned as much with the system [aka bureaucracy] through which science is done as with the science of why things break." In fact, this very readable book is more a memoir than a layman's introduction to Fracture Mechanics 101. If you have a child who may have an interest in becoming a scientist, this book is a must read - inspirational, motivational, and honest. The author reveals how to break a Kryptonite bicycle lock too.

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jvences
Apr 07, 2018

jvences thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Sep 17, 2013

Liber_vermis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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