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Mechanical Engineering Principles Paperback – 2 Apr 2012

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John Bird:

Senior Lecturer, HMS Sultan

Author of several highly acclaimed textbooks on engineering and mathematical subjects, John Bird is the former Head of Applied Electronics in the Faculty of Technology at Highbury College, Portsmouth, U.K. More recently, he has combined freelance lecturing at Portsmouth University, with technical writing and Chief Examiner responsibilities for City and Guilds Telecommunication Principles and Mathematics, and examining for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. John Bird is currently a Senior Training Provider at the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering in the Defence College of Marine and Air Engineering at H.M.S. Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, U.K. The school, which serves the Royal Navy, is one of Europe’s largest engineering training establishments.

Carl Ross:

Professor of Structural Dynamics, University of Portsmouth, UK

Born in India, Carl Ross studied Naval Architecture, specialising in the stress analysis of pressure vessels. His research has led to a number of advances in submarine technology and he has also published several standard works in the field of structural dynamics. Whilst in college he was the University boxing champion of the British Isles.


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It is all too easy to say 'if only', yet had this textbook been available when I was an engineering undergraduate, then perhaps I might not have struggled so much.

The book starts out with a section on mathematics, which is essential to all engineers, after all, the Dragons from 'Dragons Den' home in on any hapless investee who has not done their sums correctly and engineering is no different. If an engineer can get their sums correct, then the rest is straightforward application of mathematical technique to solve problems in a logical manner, which is exactly the approach adopted by the authors.

Overall, highly recommended reading to all levels of engineering students and practising engineers.
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By JSB on 12 Jun. 2012
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I bought this book for my final exams for my degree and only wish I had it for the whole duration of my degree. I have always struggled in the area of applied maths and this book is one of the best I have come across.

It is one of the few books I have come across which is set out in a logical step by step fashion, explanations for terms and concepts at the beginning of each chapter are extremely helpful along with the revisionary mathematics section at the beginning of the book; I found this very useful as had a few years out before going back to do my degree so was a good way of jogging my memory. Questions are worked though along with explanations for each chapter as well as exam style questions which are found at the end of each section with final answers given so you can tell if you are getting them correct.

It is a book I am sure I will be referring to in years to come and really is worth the money. In subjects I had real difficulty in grasping and understanding, I followed though the chapters and worked examples in this book and came out with 75% in my exam in this subject compared with previous year's marks in this subject of 42% and 56%. A superb book and highly recommended.
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I got this book to learn a few things before i start university doing Mech Eng so i wouldn't look like a potato on my first year.
and it is truly amazing, it explains everything very well.

many examples questions to do.

covers many topics.

price is abit high? yes, but can you find any other university level book cheap NO.

and its a very technical book so it is worth the price you pay.

very happy with my purchase and im happy to buy again from this seller.
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A really well structured book on mechanical engineering principles, which I'm enjoying working through.

Lots of problems for the reader to play with make it very engaging.

The only downside is that the formatting on the Kindle version is abysmal, and the light blue colouring used for highlights makes it awkward to read.

So forget the ebook version: go for the paperback
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Very good book whether you are studying at college HNC level or degree level. Broken up nicely and very intuitive. Probably would need some background or be in education to make sense of most of the stuff though. A good aid for college!
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This is a must for everyone who pursuit a career in mechanical engineering (or similar field) and wants to improve his knowledge with respect to the basic principles of the mechanics. The book is clearly and well written and provides a great deal of examples to every single topic from vectors to simple harmonic motion. It is also a very good reference point with respect to the statics. It is clearly a book to have in a library
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The book is well written and structured but I did struggle with the lack of examples and maybe even some additional figures could be used to help.

All-round it's a good purchase for anyone studying mechanical engineering or even just as a really helpful reference guide to fundamental engineering formulae.
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It has to be said that some authors, even for 'technical' material, just click with the reader. Well John Birds books 'rock my boat', well explained, clear, practical, based in the real world. Interesting to follow through for the sheer interest.

Lives on my bookshelf and will remain there.
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