Gordon, J.E.: Structures: or Why Things Don’t Fall Down
Structures: or Why Things Don’t Fall Down
Published by Folio Society in 2013. First edition. Good antiquarian condition. Minimal wear on the top part of the spine. Internally clean, no handwriting or previous owner inscriptions. Illustrated. No slipcase.
J.E. Gordon was one of the founders of materials science and biomechanics, and a well-known author of three books on structures and materials, which have been translated in many languages and are still widely used in schools and universities.
In Structures, J.E. Gordon wants us to consider why structures around us (bridges, cathedrals, worms, skeletons etc.) are arranged and shaped as they are. “The special genius of Gordon’s book is that it holds an appeal not just for engineers and mathematicians, but for anyone who – having accepted his basic premise that ‘everything is structure’ – finds the Parthenon beautiful, as he does, while wishing to know why a bat can fly into a rose bush without tearing its wings, why our clothes fall out of shape and why gigantic prehistoric pterodactyls weighed so little.” (from the introduction of the book)
The Folio Society is a London-based publisher. Folio Society produces illustrated hardback editions of classic fiction and non-fiction books, poetry and children’s titles. Folio editions feature specially designed bindings and include artist-commissioned illustrations or researched artworks and photographs.
Structures: or Why Things Don’t Fall Down was first published in Britain in 1978 by Penguin Books Ltd.