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Super Structures: The Science of Bridges, Buildings, Dams, and Other Feats of Engineering Hardcover – 6 May 2010


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Extraordinary guide to the hidden secrets of modern man-made miracles... Highly recommended.

(Midwest Book Review)

It will appeal to the interested layperson who is curious about how structures work and about the factors influencing their development over several millennia. It would also be useful background reading for students of architecture and building (and even of engineering, if you don’t tell your professor).

(Peter R. Smith Architectural Science Review)

Denny's new book is perfused with this sense of excitement... It is to be recommended.

(Len Fisher Physics World)

The author's goal in writing this book is 'to explain, with technical accuracy but minimal math, why our large engineering structures... are built the way they are.' Denny, a theoretical physicist and author of numerous works facilitating an understanding of science concepts... does an excellent job with that.

(Choice)

This would be a good book to add to the school or department library, and anyone who is interested in the design of structures should find it an interesting read.

(Miriam Chaplin School Science Review)

Denny has written an accessible volume that should be informative and entertaining to physicists who are not expert in structural engineering.

(Derry W. Jones Contemporary Physics)

Structures stand, soar and collapse based on fundamental physics principles.

(Science News)

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Denny's wry humor is fun to read and made me laugh out loud.

(Mark Kidger, author of Astronomical Enigmas)

Denny largely sheds the complexity of mathematical constructs, distilling their most salient features into a more qualitative understanding of radar and sonar systems.

(Choice)

Indeed, Denny's writing is anything but dry and boring. He adeptly explains complex subject matter and does so with relatively simple language and minimal use of symbolic notation.

(Bat Research News)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 23 Sept. 2012
By Thomas C. Oldright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an incredible book for any engineer. If you are an engineer or just a guy who likes to know how stuff is put together, it will be a fascinating read.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary guide to the hidden secrets of modern man-made miracles, highly recommended 16 July 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Theoretical physics expert Mark Denny presents Super Structures: The Science of Bridges, Buildings, Dams, and Other Feats of Engineering, an amazingly accessible guide to how extraordinary architectural creations - tall buildings, long bridges, big dams and more - are designed and built. How are such gigantic structures made stable, and how do they sometimes crumble? Though mathematical, geometric, and engineering concepts are described at length, one does not need a college degree to comprehend Super Structures - the principles behind constructed marvels are broken down clearly and succinctly, in terms that readers of all backgrounds can quickly grasp. Black-and-white photographs and diagrams round out this extraordinary guide to the hidden secrets of modern man-made miracles, highly recommended.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IF U LIKE CIVIL ENGINEERING, U WILL LIKE THIS BOOK 17 Jan. 2014
By James K. Wing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are a civil engineer, you will like to read about infrastructures being built with new materials to make it higher, longer, with more structural life in all environments.
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