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NEW BOOKS FOR THE STUDENT
The Institution is not, as a body, responsible for the
opinions expressed regarding the books mentioned below
Mechanism and the Kinematics of Machines.
By
W.
Steeds,
B.Sc.(Eng.),
A.M.I. Mech.E., A.M.I.A.E.
(Longmans, Green. 18s. Pp. 319.)
It is refreshing, indeed, to read the
" book that is different"—even though it
be a technical text-book; nevertheless, this
book is different in a way which commends
it to the student no less than to the practical
engineer.
The author says in his Preface that he has
attempted an adequate treatment on mechanisms and kinematics only, as distinct from
the brief chapters usually included in books
on " theory of machines," and in this he
has been successful. It is not an unduly
academic work and does not soar at the
slightest provocation into abstruse mathematics (nor is it an excessively detailed
treatise smothered among multitudinous
obscure engineering applications). Indeed,
the balance between theory and practice
has been maintained satisfactorily, and the
ground covered is phenomenal. It is
practically impossible to conceive a type of
mechanism, linked or geared, which is not
mentioned. Of necessity, the method of
study is largely geometrical, but the student's
task is eased considerably by the clearly
drawn diagrams and concise explanatory
matter throughout.
There is, of course, much more material
included than is required for degree standard
work, and without guidance it might be
difficult to select relevant sections. Chiefly
for this reason the book may be found
more useful to mechanical engineers and
draughtsmen, but it may be taken as a
good eighteen shillings' worth for anyone's
library.
R.M.A.S.
First-Year Engineering Science, Mechanical
and Electrical. (3rd Ed.). By G. W.
Bird, Wh.Ex., B.Sc, A.M.I.Mech.E.,
A.M.I.E.E. Revised by B. J. Tarns,
M.Sc.Tech., A.M.I.Mech.E.
(Pitman. 5s. Pp.136.)
including explanations and calculations on
Systems of Forces, Work, Machines,
Magnetization, Current Electricity, and
Heat and its effects.
The descriptions and definitions which
are given are illustrated by means of references to practical applications. In fact,
throughout the book the practical side of
the subject is well to the fore, while at the
same time sufficient theory is included to
permit ready understanding of the various
calculations, etc.
The first-year student should find that
• this book will not only give a sound grasp
of the subjects dealt with, but will also be
useful for reference.
E. W. D.
Generation and Transmission. By C. S.
Beckett, B.Sc, A.M.I.E.E.
(Blackie. 5s. Pp. 118.)
This book, the third in Blackie's new
Electrical Engineering Series, covers the
major portion of the degree syllabus in
Electrical Power. The first covers briefly
the entire field of generation while the
second part deals with the transmission of
the energy when generated.
The author's chief difficulty in writing
this small book, on a subject well covered by
others, must assuredly have been the choice
of subject matter. While readily admitting
that the contents have been carefully chosen,
it is felt that the first three chapters on
boiler- and engine-room plant could have
been omitted as being more appropriate to
a text-book on Thermodynamics and the
space thus gained utilized to extend the
chapters on the characteristics of overhead.
lines and underground cables.
Nevertheless, the subject has been dealt
with concisely yet clearly and numerous
worked examples are included.
The titles of some of the chapters could
have been better chosen as they give little
indication of the scope of the chapter, and
the addition of detailed sub-titles would be
advantageous.
'
The layout, printing and diagrams maintain the high standard of the first two books.
W.P.
Mechanical and electrical engineering
should never be regarded as totally separate
subjects, since for most practical applications the one depends upon the other. Short-Wave Radio. By J. H. Reyner,
The engineering student will find, therefore,
B.Sc.(Hons), A.M.I.E.E. (2nd Ed.).
that some knowledge, at least of the basic (Pitman. 10s. 6d. Pp.174.)
principles of both these branches of
engineering, is essential.
At a time when the use of short-wave radio
It is with these facts in mind that this is increasing rapidly, this book sets out in a
book was compiled, and in this new edition non-mathematical way the underlying printhe reviser has preserved the aim of pro- ciples of short-wave transmission and reviding a general knowledge of the funda- ception and forms a good companion to the
mental principles of both mechanical and author's "Modern Radio Communication."
electrical engineering.
The main part of the book is preceded
A wide range of subjects has been covered,
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