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              Books by David Blockley

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              Bridges: The science and art of the world's most inspiring structures
                

              Bridges: The science and art of the world's most inspiring structures (Paperback)

              By Blockley, David

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              Bridges are remarkable structures. Often vast, immense, and sometimes beautiful, they can be icons of cities. David Blockley explains how to read a bridge, how they stand up, and how engineers design them to be so strong. He examines the engineering problems posed by bridges, and... considers their cultural, aesthetic, and historical importance.
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              ISBN 9780199645725
              Released NZ 8 May 2012
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              Engineering: A Very Short Introduction
               

              Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

              By Blockley, David

              • RRP: $18.99
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              Engineering is part of almost everything we do - from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. In this Very Short Introduction, David Blockley explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its sco...pe, and its relationship with art, science, and technology.
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              ISBN 9780199578696
              Released NZ 22 May 2012
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
              Interest Age 14+ years
              Series Very Short Introductions
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              Structural Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

              Structural Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

              By Blockley, David

              • RRP: $18.99
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              Using examples from around the world, including the Shard in London and jumbo jets like the A380, David Blockley explores the world of structural engineering. This Very Short Introduction considers the crucial role structural engineering has on issues such as cost and energy effi...ciency to long-term sustainability and safety.
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              ISBN 9780199671939
              Released NZ 9 Oct 2014
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Very Short Introductions
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              The New Penguin Dictionary of Civil Engineering
                

              The New Penguin Dictionary of Civil Engineering (Paperback)

              By Blockley, David

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              A completely new and fully-comprehensive book aimed at anyone who has contact with the construction industry.

              ISBN 9780140515268
              Released NZ 29 Jul 2005
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Building Bridges: Between Theory And Practice
               

              Building Bridges: Between Theory And Practice (Hardback)

              By Blockley, David

              • RRP: $270.99
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              The book is about bridging the huge gaps between what engineers know, what they do and why things go wrong. It puts engineering into a wider perspective so readers can see how it relates to other disciplines - especially science and technology. Many intellectuals have dismissed e...ngineering as 'applied science', but this book shows how wrong it is to do so - engineers apply science, but their purpose is quite different.It takes the reader on a learning journey of reflections on the gaps between theory and practice in professional life - not just in engineering but across all disciplines. The learning is summarised through 20 learning points or lessons, each one placed in context. Some of the important lessons are about learning from failure, joining-up theory and practice, understanding process, classifying uncertainty, managing risks, finding resilience, thinking systems to improve performance and nurturing practical wisdom.
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              ISBN 9781786347626
              Released NZ 15 Dec 2019
              Publisher World Scientific Publishing Co
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Creativity, Problem Solving, and Aesthetics in Engineering: Today's Engineers Turning Dreams into Reality
                

              Creativity, Problem Solving, and Aesthetics in Engineering: Today's Engineers Turning Dreams into Reality (Hardback, 1st ed. 2020)

              By Blockley, David

              • RRP: $84.99
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              • Pub Date
                19 Apr 20

              This book illuminates what engineering is and how it relates to other disciplines such as art, architecture, law, economics, science, technology, and even religion. The author explains, from an intrinsic as well as descriptive perspective, why engineering is essential for our col...lective well-being, and how, like medicine, it is undertaken by people, and for people, to improve the human condition. He brings out the 'magic' of engineering practice as well as addressing the darker aspects such as warfare and the misuse of the internet. A too commonly held view assumes that the practice of engineers is a cold, purely quantitative and wholly technical enterprise of applying know science, and devoid of creativity or aestheticism. In 2013 the United States National Academy of Engineering launched a campaign called Changing the Conversation, Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering with four messages to impart about engineers: that they make a world of difference; are creative problem solvers; that they help shape the future, and are essential to health, happiness, and safety. In this volume, Professor Blockley incorporate these messages into an engaging exposition of engineering accomplishment in all of its evolving diversity, from the technician to the academic research engineer, illustrating the continuum of thinking and purpose from the fixer of the gas boiler to the designers of the A380 and the iPhone.
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              ISBN 9783030382568
              Released NZ 19 Apr 2020
              Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Philosophy for Engineering: Practice, Context, Ethics, Models, Failure
                

              Philosophy for Engineering: Practice, Context, Ethics, Models, Failure (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)

              By Dias, Priyan; Foreword by Blockley, David

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              This book highlights the unique need for philosophy among engineers, which stems from issues regarding their knowledge (epistemology), role or being (ontology) and influence (ethics). It discusses practice, context, ethics, models and failure as key aspects of engineering, and pr...ovides an easy but essential introduction to philosophy for engineers by presenting four key philosophers and linking them to these aspects: Karl Popper (failure), Thomas Kuhn (models), Michael Polanyi (practice & ethics) and Martin Heidegger (context & ethics). Popper, Kuhn and Polanyi are philosophers of science (epistemologists) who have challenged the view that science is a 'cool, detached' discipline, since it also depends on human imagination (Popper), consensus (Kuhn) and judgment plus artistry (Polanyi); factors that are central to engineering. Heidegger (an ontologist) critiqued technology on the one hand (ethics), but also stressed the importance of 'doing' over 'knowing,' thus 'authenticating' the highly pragmatic engineering profession. Science is the 'core' component of engineering, which is overlaid by a variety of heuristics . Practice-based knowledge can be formalized, with artificial intelligence (AI) offering a valuable tool for engineering, just as mathematics has done for science. The book also examines systems thinking in engineering. Featuring numerous diagrams, tables and examples throughout, the book is easily accessible to engineers.
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              ISBN 9789811512704
              Released NZ 17 Dec 2019
              Publisher Springer Verlag, Singapore
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Springerbriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
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              Doing it Differently, Second edition: Systems for Rethinking Infrastructure
               

              Doing it Differently, Second edition: Systems for Rethinking Infrastructure (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

              By Blockley, David

              • RRP: $216.50
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              Fully updated, the second edition of Doing it Differently: Systems for Rethinking Infrastructure sets out the theory, concepts and tools using real-life examples to persuade people to think differently rather than relying on specific techniques or methods for particular types of ...problem.
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              ISBN 9780727760821
              Released NZ 23 Jan 2017
              Publisher ICE Publishing
              Interest Age General Audience
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