The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters

The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters

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"It's hands-on science with a capital "E"--for engineering. Beginning with the toppling of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, to the destructive, laserlike sunbeams bouncing off London's infamous "Fryscraper" in 2013, here is an illustrated tour of the greatest engineering disasters in history, from the bestselling author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science. Each engineering disaster includes a simple, exciting experiment or two using everyday household items to explain the underlying science and put learning into action. Understand the Titanic's demise by sinking an ice-cube-tray ocean liner in the bathtub. Stomp on a tube of toothpaste to demonstrate what happens to non-Newtonian fluids under pressure--and how a ruptured tank sent a tsunami of molasses through the streets of Boston in 1919. From why the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans to the fatal design flaw in the Sherman tank, here's a book of science at its most riveting"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, [2017]
ISBN: 9780761183945
Characteristics: xiii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 10, 2017

Thank you, FAKE NEWS! //. . . while the engineering flaws that led to the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge are revealed using a swing, jump rope, and plastic bottles. \\
You see, once Fake Newsies print something, it is forever repeated by the unthinking masses [or critics at Publishers Weekly!] No, lemmings don't run off cliffs - - no, there was no 13th monkey - - no, we are not all related by six degrees of separation or less!
And no, there weren't original design flaws with the Narrows Bridge, the company wanted to cut costs, and the original design specified certain materials, but the senior execs wanted cheaper materials substituted, the design engineer replied, no, then the bridge wouldn't hold, so they fired him and hired an incompetent Yes-Man as the chief engineer!
Now that is what we call, Real News, a most valuable and rare commodity in the US of A!


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