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Mechanical Engineer's Pocket Book (Newnes Pocket Books)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2009
I am constantly searching for a single, compact reference book that covers the majority of the information that I need in day-to-day work. I haven't found one yet and probably never will. This book is very comprehensive (at 3.5 cm thick it would need a very big "pocket") and appears to have chosen to concentrate on more practical information like standard fasteners, power transmission components, etc, and on the specification of these - making it useful for detail design, for instance. The section on the theoretical and mathematical underpinnings of engineering is relatively short, so it is of less use in the early stages of realising your latest brainchild. Like every engineer's reference book I have seen, it is also frustratingly inconsistent in the level of detail afforded to different topics.

Having said all that though, it's far better than many other similar books I've looked at, is based on UK/European standards and represents good value for money compared to trying to claw some of the information contained in it from the BSI at exorbitant prices. If you were to combine this with more a more theoretical reference book, you'd probably have the best "pocket" reference library you could manage with what's currently available.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2001
Newness Mechanical Engineers Pockect Book gives a great insight into the world of engineering and the standards that control the every day lives of engineers throughout the world. The book gives great detail over such area as thread standards, bolt standards, CNC compputing language standards amongst other things. The book comes in an easy to use format with clearly readable tables that don't take hours to decipher. A great book for anyone looking at doing higher qualifications in Mechanical Engineering or if you've just got interest.
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Essentially this is the very large Zeus table. It has just about every general engineering mathematical equation you would need, geometric concepts and formulas in abundance.

It is also a fantastic reference book for things as diverse as fittings to thread sizes to beam strengths. To those of us who have gently aged to the point where our original education is something in the dim past, this book acts as a wonderful refresher if you are a mechanical engineer of any type, from the hobbyist to the professional.

One thing to note. This might be called a pocket book but it certainly would not fit in any pocket in any trousers I own.

Overall this should be on the shelf of anyone involved in mechanical engineering.
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on 25 October 2012
You'll need big pockets for this - It's compact, but lots of pages, so very thick. Extremely comprehensive, and already being used on a BTEC Level 3 Engineering course, the depth of information will make sure that this "pocket" book will be used for many years to come in my workshop.

There are other engineer's pocket books out there, they certainly contain the obvious information that's commonly used, but at little difference in the price, you get a lot more book for your money, and a lot more technical information. Look at the index on the book preview to see all the different aspects that the book covers.
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on 4 August 2011
For years, my main reference book in English was "Machinery's Handbook", an American publication. The other being "Tabellenbuch Metall", a German publication. Both of which are excellent. It is good to see a comprehensive handbook available that covers a wide range of topics relating to mechanical engineering. Though it is a little large to be called a "Pocket Book", it is nicely set out. The data/information is to the point and clearly explained. I would recommend this book "Mechanical Engineer's Pocket Book" as your mainstay source of information.
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on 17 October 2014
Fanatasic little book. Really great to have in your desk for when you need a quick formula or a refresher on some particular aspects of mechanical engineer. As a recent graduate in my first year of work this has been the most useful book out everything I've used.
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on 13 July 2013
Very handy little book, packed with all the information and formulas needed by engineers in everyday problem solving and design.
Highly recommended.
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on 10 August 2013
Excellent book for engineers. Everything you could possibly need in a handy book. All the calculations you should ever need as an engineer. Great book.
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on 30 June 2014
I use this all the time and rarely have to refer to other books for the basic engineering info. I would not hesitate to recommend it.
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on 29 September 2014
very useful for an engineering student
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