(non technical) Engineering Book Reviews
Quantum Mechanics by Jim Al-Khalili
After Computing with Quantum Cats, there were a few requests for something that even Andrew might understand…! This Ladybird expert book was just the ticket, it is more of a historical narrative than an introduction to the science.
Computing with Quantum Cats by John Gribbin
Very excited about starting a project using Quantum Sensors with our partners at the University of Strathclyde we picked up this introduction to Quantum Computing. We were pleased to discover that there exists a parallel universe where we fully understood everything John Gribbin said.
Buses, Bankers and the Beer of Revenge: an Eccentric Engineer collection by Justin Pollard.
If you are looking for a stocking filler for that Engineer relative, this might just fit the part…
Little Miss Geek : Bridging the gap between Girls and Technology by Belinda Parmar.
Belinda Parmar is behind a campaign to “inspire the next generation of young girls to become tech pioneers”. We welcome this move to encourage more people into Engineering. For more information see ladygeek.com/.
Paradox : The nine greatest enigmas in Physics by Jim Al-Khalili.
David is both reading and not reading this book at the same time. When he is finished, he will travel back in time and write a review. If he does not like the review, he will not read the book.
Men of Iron by Sally Dugan.
This book was suggested by Keith, and he is currently reading it… review pending!
Inflight Science : A Guide to the World from your Airplane Window by Brian Clegg
This book was suggested by the IET and was last read by Alan on a plane to Denmark. Alan assures us that the ensuing emergency landing had nothing to do with him.
Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam by Fred Dibnah.
This book was suggested by Keith, and provides an account of the development of steam power and of the engineers and entrepreneurs behind the developments. While we were inspired by their achievements, we were also a little concerned that the majority of these enterprising engineers seemed to be left destitute and penniless…
Remarkable Engineers : From Riquet to Shannon by Ioan James
This book was an IET recommendation, and reading it is a quick and easy way to reduce your engineering ego. Thank you IET…?
Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual for the Lancaster Bomber
This book was suggested by Keith, and provides a conveniently sized manual for servicing those Lancaster bombers that we all have lying around in our sheds. As well as technical drawings, the book tells some of the history of the plane. The engineering tolerances designed into this plane are difficult to achieve today: so much for progress!
Leonardo's Machines: Da Vinci's Inventions Revealed by Domenico Laurenza.
This book was suggested by Robin. He has been taking a while to get through it, as his carpentry skills are not what they used to be.
Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Enquiry into Values by Robert Pirsig
This classic was suggested to Andrew by a computer science lecturer when he was at university. It is a thrilling discussion of motorbike servicing, and has some philosophy thrown in too. The book serves to remind us that science is an art and philosophy is just a branch of Engineering.