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Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

By James Edward Gordon
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Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down by James Edward Gordon

Structures (1978) examines the fundamental, physical laws that keep the physical structures of our world intact, from man-made structures like airplanes, to biological structures like the body of a horse. These blinks outline the ways in which our structures are prone to collapse, and the critical value of scientists who perform complex calculations to keep our structures sturdy – and keep us safe.

  • Students of engineering and architecture
  • Biologists, ecologists, physicists and historians of science
  • Anyone interested in how buildings stay upright

James Edward Gordon was one of the founders of the field of material science. He wrote several books in a highly respected academic career and was awarded the British Silver Medal of the Royal Aeronautical Society, as well as the Griffith Medal of the Materials Science Club.

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