Hardcover: 672 pages
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2 edition (October 26, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Dry, awkward formatting, curious layout, many poorly explained diagrams with very small print on them, and habitually presents equations without clearly explaining what all the terms in the equations mean or what the equation is called. A textbook should be at least sort of useful without having a professor physically at your elbow to explain what is meant by everything in it. Don't even think about skipping class, no matter how sick you are, if this is what you'll have to try to catch up with.
Cons:Engineers expect a text to distill material into concise forms. This textbook, full of rudimentary figures and unclear equations, couldn't be more indirect. The added lack of applied examples and end of chapter problems make this text useless.Pros:The book trumpets the CES software, and the software is good.Conclusion:The book is not a vehicle of learning, but is instead likely a vehicle for selling the CES software. Superficially, it seems like Granta Incorporated, maker of CES, teamed up with esteemed author Ashby to publish a worthless tome advancing its product! If your teacher doesn't teach this material well, and all you have is this text, run away.
Had to return this book as my prof. suddenly changed to the 3rd edition, but being that the two editions are the 90% the same, I would recommend going in another direction. Any typos or mistakes in this book are probably not corrected in the 3rd edition.
It deals with major two steps of the design-material and process.The author introduces a chart which is very helpful in knowing the property of the material.Step by step approach is appreciable.It deals with the case studies in each chapter.But the topics are vague when he deals with many formulae without any proof.We do not know where it came from.Overall the book is good for design people.
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