Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies
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Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies

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This book reveals some of the stories behind how engineers use specific elements to create the material world around us. In eight chapters, the EngineerGuy team exposes the magnificence of the innovation and engineering of digital camera imagers, tiny accelerometers, atomic clocks, enriching fissile material, batteries, anodizing metals, microwave ovens, and lasers. To hel...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 7th 2012 by Articulate Noise Books (first published April 2012)
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Jake Losh
Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies is a great little science book, chock-full of intricate and fascinating details about the fantastic science that surrounds us in the mundane objects we use everyday. I first discovered this book through Bill Hammack's Engineer Guy YouTube channel. I feel I should warn potential readers that this book is heavy on technical details; although I consider myself a slightly-above-average popular-science non-fict...more
Victor Tatarskii
A not-perfect book companion for an excellent series of videos about engineering.
Bill Hammack, aka, the Engineer Guy, is an engineer (obviously) and author of radio shows and books, but most importantly (for me, it is) maker of youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/engineerg... - that in most clear and simple way explain how things (from atomic clocks to microwaves) work. They are a gold standard for any popular science and educational videos and you should definitively check them out.
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Tommy Carlson
This one is a little weird in that the title makes it sound as if you're going to get actual stories about how different technologies came to be. And that's not really what this is. True, it looks at eight different technologies but mainly describes, in impressive detail, how each one works. And it does an excellent job at that task. We all kind of know how a battery works. After reading this, you'll really know how one works, how one is charged, and why it's really bad to drain some batteries t...more
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Definitely interesting. I learned about how microwaves and atomic clocks and digital cameras work. The book has a kind of amateurish production value feel to it, and I found more than the usual number of typos. I can see myself pulling this off my shelf now and again to retread sections, though.
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Make magazine called Bill a "brilliant science-and-technology documentarian", whose "videos should be held up as models of how to present complex technical information visually." Wired called them "dazzling." His work has been recognized by an extraordinarily broad range of scientific, engineering, and journalistic professional societies. From journalists he has won the trifecta of the top science...more
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