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Recommended. . . . The dramatic undulations and final collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 demonstrated the power of wind and impelled a new discipline of wind engineering. Alan G. Davenport led the field with his meticulous science and innovative wind tunnel. Journalist Roberts delves into Davenport's portfolio of superlatives, which includes the world's tallest bridge, France's Millau Viaduct.--Marissa Fessenden "Scientific American "

"Wind Wizard" is an unlikely gem, a biography of both a man and a field. . . . From now on, I shall refer students and professors alike to Roberts' clear account. . . . Roberts has written a largely equation free book in which technical subtleties such as aeroelasticity and Davenport's statistical description of turbulent buffeting are set out clearly, engagingly and accurately. Her precise, vivid phrases, such as vortices 'pushing and shoving the structure this way and that like a gang of bullies', will enliven my future lectures.--Allan McRobie "Nature "

Roberts's book is more than an account of Davenport's life--it also provides fascinating insights into some of civil engineering's greatest achievements, and closest shaves. She reminds us how much we rely on wind engineering: from portable toilets to space rockets, Davenport tested everything. . . . With climate change making violent storms like Sandy more common, the story of the wind wizard has never been more relevant.--Ben Crystall "New Scientist "

Roberts' "Wind Wizard" is a tenaciously gripping and extraordinarily well-told tale of one of the great figures in structural engineering.--Nick Smith "Engineering & Technology "

""Wind Wizard" is an unlikely gem, a biography of both a man and a field. . . . From now on, I shall refer students and professors alike to Roberts' clear account. . . . Roberts has written a largely equation free book in which technical subtleties such as aeroelasticity and Davenport's statistical description of turbulent buffeting are set out clearly, engagingly and accurately. Her precise, vivid phrases, such as vortices 'pushing and shoving the structure this way and that like a gang of bullies', will enliven my future lectures."--Allan McRobie, "Nature"

"Recommended. . . . The dramatic undulations and final collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 demonstrated the power of wind and impelled a new discipline of wind engineering. Alan G. Davenport led the field with his meticulous science and innovative wind tunnel. Journalist Roberts delves into Davenport's portfolio of superlatives, which includes the world's tallest bridge, France's Millau Viaduct."--Marissa Fessenden, "Scientific American"

"Richly drawn. . . . A winning, enlightening investigation into wind engineering and the man who made the airwaves speak."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"Roberts's book is more than an account of Davenport's life--it also provides fascinating insights into some of civil engineering's greatest achievements, and closest shaves. She reminds us how much we rely on wind engineering: from portable toilets to space rockets, Davenport tested everything. . . . With climate change making violent storms like Sandy more common, the story of the wind wizard has never been more relevant."--Ben Crystall, "New Scientist"

"Roberts' "Wind Wizard" is a tenaciously gripping and extraordinarily well-told tale of one of the great figures in structural engineering."--Nick Smith, "Engineering & Technology"

"Roberts has done a very good job demonstrating the importance of Davenport's more sophisticated approach to wind and its effects on structures in making many of the world's tall buildings possible."--"Choice"

"An elegant piece of work. . . . Siobhan Roberts' style has literary merit. The narrative flows uniformly. The reader is not jolted by phrases, by fragments singing out of tune. I would not be surprised if she were to try to write novels in the future. After all, what's past is prologue."--Paolo Maria Mariano, "Mathematical Reviews"

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"This thoughtful biography captures the genius of Alan Davenport. Knowing Davenport for some forty years and working with him throughout the design of New York's World Trade Center, I witnessed his ascent as the leader in wind engineering, pioneering that science as we know and depend upon it today. Roberts skillfully tells the engineering story, uncovering fascinating details about Davenport and his work previously unknown to me. The reader emerges having enjoyed an intimate and informative visit with Davenport, one of the most interesting engineers of our time."--Les Robertson, recipient of the 2011 International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering

""Wind Wizard" is a masterpiece of science writing at its best: informative, interesting, and entertaining. I warmly recommend it to anyone interested in the important issues of our time. Roberts is one of our best writers on science and mathematics today."--Amir Aczel, author of "Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem"

"Roberts has a rare gift for writing about technical matters without oversimplifying (and thus annoying the scientists) or becoming too abstruse (and thus putting off her readers). In "Wind Wizard," that admirable balance is deftly used to create a fascinating portrait of a little-known scientist who was a giant in his field--a story which also serves as cautionary tale for a world apparently confronting ever more severe weather."--Marq de Villiers, author of "Windswept: The Story of Wind and Weather"

""Wind Wizard" provides an excellent overview of wind engineering for general readers."--Henry Petroski, author of "The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems"

"This captivating and compelling biography looks at the life of Alan Davenport, and his significant contributions to wind engineering. Highlighting Davenport's unique approach and technical prowess, this book delves into the behind-the-scenes engineering on major architectural construction projects, such as the Twin Towers. A satisfying read."--Drew Landman, Old Dominion University

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HASH(0x8d17ca44) out of 5 stars Well written biography of a great engineer. 1 April 2013
By John D. Mozer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had the pleasure of knowing Alan Davenport, so perhaps my rating of this book may be influenced by knowing him. However, everything that Siobhan Roberts wrote about him is absolutely correct. He was a brilliant engineer and researcher, yet he was not egotistical as some brilliant people become. His stongest aptitude was being able to analyze and explain the complex subject of turbulent wind effects on structures in such a way that design engineers can understand. Roberts did a wonderful job of presenting not only Davenport's life and accomplishments, but also describing his work in a manner that everyone can understand. I would recommend this book to all people who have an interest in learning about a great engineer who has made a huge contribution to the subject of wind engineering.
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HASH(0x8d17ca98) out of 5 stars a good read covering a fascinating aspect of engineering 25 Jun. 2013
By Peter Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled across Wind Wizard on the new titles section at the library and really enjoyed it; I would call this a popular science biography, with the caveat that the "popular science" part is more interesting and less dumbed down than normal. The notes and references are nicely done, as are the frequent photos and illustrations. I am happy with my choice to borrow this book from the library rather than acquire a copy for myself, but I think it would make an excellent and well received gift for someone who likes wind, engineering, or has enjoyed a Henry Petrowski book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8bb798) out of 5 stars Disappointed after reading good review 24 Feb. 2013
By D. Barry - Published on Amazon.com
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I read a review in New Scientist that prompted me to get this book. Expected a more informative explanation of the effects of wind on structures and the design issues related to them. Gave up 2/3 way through. Diagrams are poorly presented with, for me at least, insufficient explanation to make them informative. As a mix of biography and technical information I found it failed on both counts.
HASH(0x8db7b1a4) out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Sept. 2013
By David Bendert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a perfect mix of technical information and story. It is appropriate for an engineer or lay person.
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