Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose inisists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.
Now in paperback, Engineers tells the story of the brilliant minds that have constructed our man-made world, from ancient pyramids to modern spaceflight
Discover the mathematical genius of Archimedes, the elegance of Leonardo da Vinci, and modern pioneers such as Ferdinand Porsche, alongside innovations such as quake-resistant design, the evolution of flight, and the Large Hadron Collider
This full-color book covers more than 100 architects, designers, and engineers in detail, including blueprints of their work, biographical information, and insights into the particular genius of each. Engineers also includes timeline spreads to add context for the groundbreaking â and sometimes controversial â projects that made history
With original sketches and drawings as well as contemporary photography, Engineers makes an ideal gift book for artists, architects, scientists, and those who are fascinated by technology.
The first full biography of a crucial figure in the American story--Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge.
"I know that nothing can be done perfectly at the first trial; I also know that each day brings its little quota of experiences, which with honest intentions, will lead to perfection after a while." --Washington Roebling
His father conceived of the Brooklyn Bridge, but after John Roebling's sudden death, Washington Roebling built what has become one of American's most iconic structures--as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Yet, as recognizable as the bridge is, its builder is too often forgotten--and his life is of interest far beyond his chosen field. It is the story of immigrants, of the frontier, of the greatest crisis in American history, and of the making of the modern world.
Forty years after the publication of The Great Bridge, David McCullough's classic chronicle of how the East River was spanned, Erica Wagner has written a fascinating biography of one of America's most distinguished engineers, a man whose long life was a model of courage in the face of extraordinary adversity. Chief Engineer is enriched by Roebling's own eloquent voice, unveiled in his recently-discovered memoir that was previously thought lost to history.
The memoir reveals that his father, John-a renowned engineer who made his life in America after humble beginnings in Germany-was a tyrannical presence in Washington's life, so his own adoption of that career was hard won. A young man when the Civil War broke out, Washington joined the Union Army, building bridges that carried soldiers across rivers and seeing action in many pivotal battles, from Antietam to Gettysburg-aspects of his life never before fully brought to light. Safely returned, he married the remarkable Emily Warren Roebling, who would play a crucial role in the construction of the unprecedented Brooklyn Bridge. It would be Washington Roebling's grandest achievement-but by no means the only one.
Elegantly written with a compelling narrative sweep, Chief Engineer will introduce Washington Roebling and his era to a new generation of readers.
The most effective engineers â the ones who have risen to become distinguished engineers and leaders at their companies â can produce 10 times the impact of other engineers, but they're not working 10 times the hours.
They've internalized a mindset that took me years of trial and error to figure out. I'm going to share that mindset with you â along with hundreds of actionable techniques and proven habits â so you can shortcut those years.
Introducing The Effective Engineer â the only book designed specifically for today's software engineers, based on extensive interviews with engineering leaders at top tech companies, and packed with hundreds of techniques to accelerate your career.
For two years, I embarked on a quest seeking an answer to one question:
How do the most effective engineers make their efforts, their teams, and their careers more successful?
I interviewed and collected stories from engineering VPs, directors, managers, and other leaders at today's top software companies: established, household names like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; rapidly growing mid-sized companies like Dropbox, Square, Box, Airbnb, and Etsy; and startups like Reddit, Stripe, Instagram, and Lyft.
These leaders shared stories about the most valuable insights they've learned and the most common and costly mistakes that they've seen engineers â sometimes themselves â make.
This is just a small sampling of the hard questions I posed to them:
What engineering qualities correlate with future success?
What have you done that has paid off the highest returns?
What separates the most effective engineers you've worked with from everyone else?
What's the most valuable lesson your team has learned in the past year?
What advice do you give to new engineers on your team?
Everyone's story is different, but many of the lessons share common themes.
You'll get to hear stories like:
How did Instagram's team of 5 engineers build and support a service that grew to over 40 million users by the time the company was acquired?
How and why did Quora deploy code to production 40 to 50 times per day?
How did the team behind Google Docs become the fastest acquisition to rewrite its software to run on Google's infrastructure?
How does Etsy use continuous experimentation to design features that are guaranteed to increase revenue at launch?
How did Facebook's small infrastructure team effectively operate thousands of database servers?
How did Dropbox go from barely hiring any new engineers to nearly tripling its team size year-over-year?
What's more, I've distilled their stories into actionable habits and lessons that you can follow step-by-step to make your career and your team more successful.
The skills used by effective engineers are all learnable.
And I'll teach them to you. With The Effective Engineer, I'll teach you a unifying framework called leverage â the value produced per unit of time invested â that you can use to identify the activities that produce disproportionate results.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the lessons you'll learn. You'll learn how to:
Prioritize the right projects and tasks to increase your impact.
Earn more leeway from your peers and managers on your projects.
Spend less time maintaining and fixing software and more time building and shipping new features.
Produce more accurate software estimates.
Validate your ideas cheaply to reduce wasted work.
Navigate organizational and people-related bottlenecks.
Find the appropriate level of code reviews, testing, abstraction, and technical debt to balance speed and quality.
Shorten your debugging workflow to increase your iteration speed.
Use metrics to quantify your impact and consistently make progress.
Guidebook of all campgrounds built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Especially valuable for RV travelers who are boaters and fishermen because all campsites are located on or near lakes or streams managed or impounded by the Army Corps of Engineers. Individual listings contain complete details about camping facilities, amenities, recreational activities available and directions to each campground.
Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and one of todayâs most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won.Â Engineers of VictoryÂ is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory. Kennedy reveals how the leadersâ grand strategy was carried out by the ordinary soldiers, scientists, engineers, and businessmen responsible for realizing their commandersâ visions of success.
In January 1943, FDR and Churchill convened in Casablanca and established the Allied objectives for the war: to defeat the Nazi blitzkrieg; to control the Atlantic sea lanes and the air over western and central Europe; to take the fight to the European mainland; and to end Japanâs imperialism. Astonishingly, a little over a year later, these ambitious goals had nearly all been accomplished. With riveting, tactical detail,Â Engineers of VictoryÂ reveals how.
Kennedy recounts the inside stories of the invention of the cavity magnetron, a miniature radar âas small as a soup plate,â and the Hedgehog, a multi-headed grenade launcher that allowed the Allies to overcome the threat to their convoys crossing the Atlantic; the critical decision by engineers to install a super-charged Rolls-Royce engine in the P-51 Mustang, creating a fighter plane more powerful than the Luftwaffeâs; and the innovative use of pontoon bridges (made from rafts strung together) to help Russian troops cross rivers and elude the Nazi blitzkrieg. He takes readers behind the scenes, unveiling exactly how thousands of individual Allied planes and fighting ships were choreographed to collectively pull off the invasion of Normandy, and illuminating how crew chiefs perfected the high-flying and inaccessible B-29 Superfortress that would drop the atomic bombs on Japan.
The story of World War II is often told as a grand narrative, as if it were fought by supermen or decided by fate. Here Kennedy uncovers the real heroes of the war, highlighting for the first time the creative strategies, tactics, and organizational decisions that made the lofty Allied objectives into a successful reality. In an even more significant way,Â Engineers of VictoryÂ has another claim to our attention, for it restores âthe middle level of warâ to its rightful place in history.
Praise for Engineers of Victory Â âSuperbly written and carefully documented . . . indispensable reading for anyone who seeks to understand how and why the Allies won.ââThe Christian Science Monitor Â âAn important contribution to our understanding of World War II . . . Like an engineer who pries open a pocket watch to reveal its inner mechanics, [Paul] Kennedy tells how little-known men and women at lower levels helped win the war.ââMichael Beschloss, The New York Times Book Review Â âHistories of World War II tend to concentrate on the leaders and generals at the top who make the big strategic decisions and on the lowly grunts at the bottom. . . . [Engineers of Victory] seeks to fill this gap in the historiography of World War II and does so triumphantly. . . . This book is a fine tribute.ââThe Wall Street Journal Â â[Kennedy] colorfully and convincingly illustrates the ingenuity and persistence of a few men who made all the difference.ââThe Washington Post
âThis superb book is Kennedyâs best.ââForeign Affairs
Focusing on basic skills and tips for career enhancement, Engineer Your Own Success is a guide to improving efficiency and performance in any engineering field. It imparts valuable organization tips, communication advice, networking tactics, and practical assistance for preparing for the PE examâevery necessary skill for success. Authored by a highly renowned career coach, this book is a battle plan for climbing the rungs of any engineering ladder.
Bobby Owsinski's The Recording Engineer's Handbook has become a music industry standard, and this fully updated fourth edition once again offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the art of audio recording. Written with special emphasis on today's technology and the evolving marketplace, The Recording Engineer's Handbook Fourth Edition includes a complete overview of recording as it's done by most musicians and producers today in their home studios.
In the book's first section, you'll learn everything from how microphones work to specific techniques for recording drums, individual instruments, vocals and much more. In the second section you'll benefit from the wisdom and down-to-earth practical advice offered by a host recording professionals including all-time greats like Al Schmitt, Eddie Kramer, Frank Filipetti and many other others.
Topics covered include:
An overview of recording elements, including microphones, preamps, compressors and DAWs
Recording techniques and placement guidance for just about any musical instrument or vocal
Prepping and recording drums and percussion
Basic tracking and overdub advice and strategies, and stereo and immersive audio recording techniques
Interviews with some of the world's best hit-making engineers, and much more
Learn the art of recording with renowned author, teacher, producer and engineer Bobby Owsinski, and, in the interviews, explore the creative processes behind not only today's hits but the classic cuts we've enjoyed for years. See for yourself why The Recording Engineerâs Handbook, Fourth Edition is the book that's a standard text in college courses all over the world.