Category: Books

Greatest Science Inventions of All Time

The book under review titled 100 Greatest Inventions of All Time is worth reading by all. The author Kendall Haven is a senior research scientist turned author. He has written more than 30 books.

His way of story telling is amazing. In the present book he has covered hundred great inventions spreading over a period from 25 B.C. to 1996.

Each chapter begins with two questions: What is it and Who invented it? After answering these two questions, he is reasoning out as to why this inventions is one of the 100 greatest.

In the History of Invention, we come to know what people did before the invention. Then comes the main story, How that particular invention was invented. In a lucid style he is giving the full details so that anybody could understand the facts very simply. After the invention, what happens in the world? This is quite a natural question that will arise in the mind of every reader. The author gives the details so that we could understand how world is a better place after the invention was put into use.

Readers will be amazed to know about cloning (year of invention 1996), World Wide Web (1991), Artificial Heart (1981), Personal Computer (1977), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (1977), Organ Transplant (1972), Calculator (1968), Communications Satellite (1962), Space Flight (1961), Heart Pacemaker (1960) etc.

At the end of the each chapter a number of reference books are given so that interested readers could benefit by reading those books.

The anecdotes spread over throughout the book makes one to read the book at a stretch.

There is a tailpiece also titled Fun Fact for each and every chapter.

The Fun Fact for Communications Satellite is this: “Communications satellites can now be used to track fish through the ocean.”

We come to know about hundreds of scientists,engineers and others who were behind these great inventions.

There are four interesting appendix giving the List of Inventors, Inventions by Branch of Science, The next 40 inventions to research and reference sources.

Science Teachers, students, knowledge seekers who would like to enter into the amazing world of inventions should read this book without fail.

The author may write a separate book covering the anecdotes alone to reach millions of science readers.

Civil Engineering Books

Indranil Goswami’s Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth And Depth is probably the best reference book for PE exam. The book comes with the actual format of the exam, so you can familiarize yourself with the structure of the exam. It does not cover only things that you will need to know to pass the exam, but it also serves as an essential on-the-job reference. The book covers important civil engineering topics such as structures, geotechnics, and construction.

Civil PE Professional Engineering Exam Construction Module by Ruwan Rajapakse is a practice book that contains sample problems that are similar to what you might find on the actual exam. It also has examples and step-by-step worked solutions, complete with illustrations. The book covers various topics such as horizontal curves and vertical curves of highway constructions, multi-storey buildings, construction grade stake markings, machine horsepower computation, and many others.

If you want a good reference book that you can use on daily basis, Analysis and Behavior of Structures by Edwin Rossow would be a good choice. This is an excellent reference book for civil engineering students because it emphasizes assumptions and limitations that they have to take into account when creating mathematical models for analysis. The book will also help you distinguish the differences between nonlinear and linear problems.

Environmental technology is also an integral part of civil engineering, thus Jerry Nathanson’s Basic Environmental Technology: Water Supply, Waste Management & Pollution Control is a good choice for students or engineers who want to gain a better understanding of chemistry, geology, biology, and hydraulics. It is an easy-to-read book, providing introduction on related topics such as pollution control, waste management, or water supply. This book is also a good reference book for professionals working in the public health protection or environmental quality control field.

There are other books that cover specific areas of civil engineering. And since this branch of engineering is a very broad field, it would be better if you can identify the areas you need to improve and you can online for the most suitable books for you.

Multiple Career Choices

The book is outstanding in that though the title is an innocuous – “Multiple Career Choices,” and like many others of its kind, could be a matter-of-fact statement of uninspiring facts and figures, the author has offered a fascinating guided tour of the complex world which every young person must undertake, if he or she wishes to enter a profession or career, best suited to the aptitude, circumstances, aspirations, and capabilities which are unique to every individual.

“While choosing a career one must give due importance to personal values and opt for a profession that is more in sync with these. An overemphasis on money can only lead to short-term gains but long-term unhappiness with the extra money being spent on visiting doctors and psychiatrists. Therefore think wisely before opting for a career.”
Devajit Bhuyan is imbued with the sense of concern exhibited by a parent, whose offspring is about to embark on the most important aspect of life – the choice of a career, which will enable the youngster to live a happy, healthy, profitable, and rewarding life, usefully employing the talents nature has gifted, and the education that has been provided.

He stresses the importance of having a mission, an aim, and a goal. A career should be by choice, not by chance, with awareness of one’s SWOT Analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

The author details nine career drivers – Material Rewards, Power and Influence, Search for Meaning, Expertise, Creativity, Affiliation, Autonomy, Security, and Status.

He emphasizes the value of * Benchmarking – finding and implementing the best practices, instead of reinventing the wheel and setting one’s own standards.

The book details the best jobs of the 21st century, the changes in career preferences over the decades, the top 20 challenging jobs, and the factors to be kept in mind while choosing a career, e.g., Intelligence, Personality, Interest, Aptitudes, Physique, Gender, and Age.

It lists hundreds of career options available, the courses of education needed for them, the Colleges, Universities, Deemed Universities, and other institutions with details including the websites, Specialised Courses, Diploma Courses, Degree and Post Degree courses, and various branches of Engineering, Examinations and Tests.

It clarifies through a Question and Answer section, many needed facts about professions.

Professions gaining in importance, Optical Physics, Robotics, Micro Technology, Ocean Engineering, Nanotechnology, Safety Engineering, Financial Engineering, etc. are among those described.

Educational Consultants and Recruiting Agents, the criteria on how to choose a Computer Institute, and Registering for Admission Tests, are among the wealth of chapters in the book.

If your children or wards are entering the upper stage of secondary education, it is time for you to acquire the knowledge offered in this book. If they are already at the stage of having to choose a career, it is still not too late to “look before they leap.”

Revolution Through Books

If we talk about the best friend of a person then it comes to books. This very attribution inspired by young chap Shri Manish Jain. Fond of readings book became his first love and he decided to make his career is the field of books and mass education through books in general and kids in particular. This very inspiration to know the world of book and philosophy of life made Manish to initiate such venture and he started for a great aim by opening of Jainson Book Shop- A world of knowledge through books.

In 1997 on the auspicious occasion of country’s golden jubilee, Jainson Book Shop came out of showroom premises to inspire students for reading through a venture- Pustak Prakrama- so as to gain the awareness of reading right from student life. Afterwards, these were venture converted into serialized book exhibitions and street plays. People not even enjoyed this but ready to inspire and support this surrounding for reading books and enlighten of knowledge

This step makes the initiation as milestone in the literary circle. In 2001, the very spirit of initiative became as mass educating movement with opening of National book fair. Under the banner of Jainson Book Shop, this national book fair stole the show and became the part of history including such action participations of renowned 155 publications all over the country.

The journey of knowledge of Jainson Book Shop turned into the man awaking movement. A span of a decade made book shop prominent in the field of publishing industry. Through the deep rooted devotion, JBS carve a rich in well known publisher and writers and poets as well. Having well identified in such a business of books and distribution JBS not glorify the city of Devi Ahilya Bai as well known the educational capital of Madhya Pradesh but whole country in revolutionary movement through book and awareness of reading. Now people around the world are busy inquiring about different book titles in JBS. This is not a matter of being proud of establishment but being factor of satisfaction.

JBS, now, is well known name in distributing of English, Hindi books of literature to maximum educational institutes of not in Indore city but around the states as well. Apart from being active in successful distribution face to face, JBS took a step to high tech the distribution by on-line it. This made avid readers more interested in logging on the information regarding books and price list. Due to online process, readers could able to sort out books according to their interest. In online catalogue, whole vital information has been encapsulated into systematic manner. This information has included title, writer, publication and IESBN numbers which could make the reader fully informed

Rang Prakashan: JBS has tried to ensure that well know authors poets and novelists should be introduced to their avid readers with interest. For that, Rang Prakashan came into being to serve such purpose. Rang Prakashan has been established by Manish Jain and Associate.

In promoting of the very concept, the prakashan published- “Mahatma Se Manmohan Tak”, “Prakratik Chikitsa Sandali”, Children’s literature and Navasakshar books for the interest of readers. In future this step could go on constantly.

Buy College Textbooks Online

College textbooks cost a fortune. With each college textbooks costing more than $100 each, each student has to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on textbooks each semester. But with little bit of planning you can spend very little on textbooks. While this does require a bit of planning, it can be done!

There are many sites that sell college textbooks online. If you decide to buy textbooks online – you should keep a few things in mind. Make sure you order your textbooks early so that you can get them in time for class; allow for out-of-stock items and shipping delays, and be sure to choose the expedited shipping option. When comparing the cost of textbooks, include the sales tax and shipping cost also. And one more important think is get the right textbook (check the ISBN number located on the back of every book) because it is much less convenient to return items to an online bookstore.

There is significant price difference between a local bookstore and online booksellers. It would be better if you do little comparison shopping before you buy. Most of the online stores are much cheaper than local bookstore.

Find out if you want the textbook or it’s just recommended. Obviously it is important that you have to buy the book for a class but a recommended book is just that you may or may not be helpful in your studies. Wait until you’ve begun the course before you decide whether or not you need the recommended textbook.

However, we’ve compiled some online textbook buying tips that you should keep in mind. Not only will these tips save you time, but they will also save money.

  • Order you book 1to2 weeks prior to your class start date. Or request expedited shipping for faster delivery.
  • Before ordering match ISBN numbers on the textbook. Be sure you buy the correct textbook; get the ISBN (a 10 or 13 digit number on the back of book) online.
  • Buy brand new textbooks, as old ones can tear off within a few months or days.
  • Purchase international copies: By buying new edition you will get most up to date version of your textbook. If your professor has specified that you have to buy new edition it is a requirement.
  • Buying new college textbooks helps college students to underline, highlight and make notes in the margins of their textbooks. This means that if you buy new textbook, you won’t have to worry about being distracted by what someone else thought was important.

Things to Know Before Getting College Books

Self awareness is a very important concept. Before we starting going to college for educating ourselves and become civilized mature responsible citizens we have to be self aware of what do we really want to do as a profession which gives us a career. Ambition is very critical at this juncture.

The most important step is to decide upon what profession would best suit us and give us a career where we can grow. More than working hard we should be happy with what we are doing.

The initial step before going to college would be to decide upon our favorable course. Then we need to get an idea of the syllabus being followed in that particular course. We ought to have an idea about what areas are we going to cover in that field as it helps us to decide upon which area to expertise within that field as a field comprises of several areas all put together as the course. You can specifically expertise on any one of them when it comes to higher studies or future plans.

Once you have awareness about the syllabus, the next thing to do would be to buy college text books for each and every subject coinciding with its syllabus.

For any subject, you have a lot of books written by several authors. We classify them as prescribed authors and local authors. Prescribed books are the ones prescribed by the college which follows that particular syllabus. Thus for a better and thorough understanding it is advisable to follow prescribed books. However you can also use other subject related books as guide or for reference.

You must have awareness about cheap college books. There are plenty of scam artists who try to sell college books in cheap rates to the college students via internet. You usually get these books at discounted rates. Thus while surfing for college books via net, check for the site’s reliability. Check for the return/refund policies followed by the site. Look out for reviews about the site. You’ll surely find unsatisfied customer’s remarks if the site is not reliable. Also see to that you get these books in good quality and condition. For that check for pages numbering and see to that no pages are missing or unprinted or even repeated instead of appropriate pages.

Mechanical Engineering Books

Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers by E. A. Aballone, T. Baumeister, and A. Saegh is one of the best mechanical engineering books you can find. This book provides a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the field and it has been used as one of the standard handbooks for engineers for decades. It has all the important engineering principles and mathematical methods that you will need in a brief yet clear manner. The eleventh edition, which is the latest edition, even covers high technology areas such as biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Without a doubt, every mechanical engineer should have a good design handbook. Shigley’s Mechanical Engineering Design by R. Budynas and K. Nisbett has been used as the standard machine design handbook for more than 40 years. The book covers basic concepts of machine design very clearly, so it is no wonder that it is frequently listed as one of the must-have books for mechanical engineering students.

For almost a century, Erik Oberg’s Machinery’s Handbook has been used as a reference book by mechanical and manufacturing engineers, toolmakers, draftsmen, designers, and machinists. It covers a very wide area, from the basic to the more advanced concepts. The 28thedition features a very user-friendly format and revised material on manufacturing processes, tools and toolmaking, and more.

As a very dynamic field, mechanical engineering has lots of branches, and thermodynamics is one of them. Fundamentals of Thermodynamics by C. Borgnakke and R. E. Sonntag, is one of the most popular books on this topic. This book is ideal for both professionals and students because it provides comprehensive guide to classical thermodynamics. It is packed with examples, homework problems, and illustrations to help students to gain a better understanding of the topic.

Design engineers are expected to have knowledge of materials science. If you want to gain an in-depth knowledge about the properties and behaviors of various materials, then you should definitely read W. D. Callister and D. G. Rethwisch’s Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction. The book covers all the major materials that are commonly used in machine manufacturing such as ceramics, metals, and polymers. It also discusses about the relationships that exist between the structural elements of materials and their properties.

Books For Teachers

Clegg starts his writing with reasons why science can be a little scary. Journal articles and academic writing in general is stuffy and uses inflated words instead of simple-to-understand, everyday language. Science articles weren’t always written that way, and they certainly don’t need to be written that way, but it is custom and tradition now. It takes a bit of effort to sift through that language, but luckily, you don’t need to. You can be an effective and fun science teacher without the stuffy journals. Learn from reading popular books and science shows instead.

Clegg also talks about what science is and should be. Science is an adventure. It should be fun. It should fill you with wonder. Science tries to figure out how the universe works. That doesn’t sound so scary, right?

His first chapter talks about how to engage the kids in the lesson. People like people, so he suggests putting the science in context and finding it in real life. What was the scientist who made the discovery like? How did that scientist grow up? What in his or her life led him to think and experiment the way he did in order to make the discovery? In addition to involving the people and a little history, find the science in real life. If you’re talking about cell division, you could mention making bread and perhaps bring yeast into the classroom. He suggests sprinkling the discussion with amazing, and gross, facts. Kids like gross. He emphasizes that the kids should do stuff with their hands. Watching a demonstration is better than just hearing about it, but the best bet is to have the kids do the experiment or demonstration themselves. We learn by doing. And mostly, make it fun.

If nothing else, teachers should read the first chapter of the book.

The second chapter talks about why we have labs. People aren’t good observers. Many people don’t know the difference between causality and correlation. Anecdotes are not data. Disproving is much easier than proving. All of these people facts lead to why we have laboratories. Fortunately, labs are no longer just filled with middle-aged white men in lab coats, and personalities of all different types can be found in scientific laboratories.

Clegg talks about different scientific eras in his third chapter. 500BC to 1500AD is the classical period. During this time, the prevailing “theory” prevailed because it was argued successfully. There really wasn’t much science involved. Some of this classical thinking is still around today in the form of astrology and the four elements. The clockwork era of science was from 1500AD (the end of the middle ages) to around 1900AD. This era was filled with scientific discoveries and theories that make sense. Newton said force equals mass times acceleration. That makes sense. Spontaneous generation theories disappeared because people figured out flies deposited eggs on raw meat. Clegg calls the current era counter-intuitive. That is, this era of science doesn’t seem to make sense. Just think of the phrases quantum theory, relativity, and light is light but it can act like a wave or a particle.

Chapters 4, 5, and 6 talk about cool things in science and Clegg gives suggestions for learning and teaching the topics. What is life? Why don’t humans have fur? How does cloning work what are the five states of matter (Yes, five. It’s not just solid, liquid, and gas). How do mirrors work? What’s the difference between mass and weight? What are black holes? What are wormholes? His explanations are pretty easy to follow.

Chapter 7 makes a case for making science hands on. Chapter 8 talks about finding and seeing science in the real world and how to make experiments come alive, but not in a Weird Science like way. Chapter 9 talks about science on the web. Which web sites are trustworthy, and how can you tell if a site is trust worthy. He also gives hints on how to search the web. Chapter 10 gives ideas on how to keep up to date in science and Chapter 11 tells you to go inspire the world.

International Edition of Textbook

It is so huge and vast one cannot precisely perfect it. However certain benefits could be pointed at. International edition of textbooks are simply textbooks that are published outside the United States of America. Such books are not sold in US.

However these international textbooks have all the contents similar to that of an US edition. The only difference is that these books come in paperback cover and they are sold at half the rate than the US edition. The only problem is that they are from overseas and hence shipped or couriered through flights and it might take up to two weeks to be delivered. Thus when placing orders for these books see to that you do it at the earliest before your college semester begins.

While starting college and if you are student managing independently, it is very important that you manage your expenses pretty well. Most students end up paying tuition fees, boarding fees other fees related to miscellaneous and at the end of the day, hardly saving any money. This leads to a lot of financial crisis and if you are about to spend extra for your syllabus books it is certainly next to impossible. International textbooks are the same as the books you find in any bookstore, however its price is reduced to half and serves your purposes in several ways. It is sold at such rate mainly because it is of a soft cover and not printed in color.

There are a lot of websites online which sells several books related to education on very good deals. On season sales and other offer discounts are leveraged on these books. Medical books which are normally pretty expensive are drastically reduced. However the websites are never completely reliable. There are some sellers who are allowed to sell books online and they are not educated enough. Thus their service is horrible and books you receive may also be damaged. Besides shipping these books might end up taking months. So do a thorough research from whom you are buying before placing the order.

One of the biggest benefits of buying these international editions online from a reliable website is buying it in bulk. Apart from getting up to 50% on these books, if a group of students join together and place a bulk order, the amount is reduced significantly. This is mainly because shipping charges are the most when it comes to delivering these orders to their respective owners and if you combine the order of several students to one locality, say a group of hostel students, the total expense of the order drops significantly.

Lectures at Harvard Law School

Professor Kingsfield was one of the most highly regarded professors in the whole institution. It seemed as if he had perfected the craft of conveying knowledge to his students. “How many other professors could so exactly delineate the subject, and so completely dominate class, that no small measure of the students’ independent interest would vary the progress?” It seems like Kingsfield was a true expert in his craft and with his perfection it revealed he had been at this a while. He displayed his craft by giving lechers that were referred to as divine by his students.

Precision is exactly how he went about lecturing to his students. Any time he wanted to lead his lesson in the right direction he knew exactly whose name to call on. Sometimes this even meant questioning people who he knew came unprepared but sometimes the student’s mistakes can help make a point to cement another bit of knowledge. This efficient learning environment that Kingsfield was perfect Hart and exactly what he needed to challenge himself in his first year at law school. Without Kingsfield for Hart to look up to as a role model it would have definitely produced different outcomes between Hart and his fellow law students and also his love life.