Monday, May 4, 2009

Solid Mechanics in Engineering By: Raymond Parnes @ Rm60.00

Publisher: Wiley - 2001-09-12
Paperback | 528 Pages


This book provides a systematic, modern introduction to solid mechanics that is carefully motivated by realistic Engineering applications. Based on 25 years of teaching experience, Raymond Parnes uses a wealth of examples and a rich set of problems to build the reader's understanding of the scientific principles, without requiring ´higher mathematics´.

Highlights of the book include

  • The use of modern SI units throughout

  • A thorough presentation of the subject stressing basic unifying concepts

  • Comprehensive coverage, including topics such as the behaviour of materials on a phenomenological level.

  • Over 600 problems, many of which are designed for solving with MATLAB, MAPLE or MATHEMATICA.
Solid Mechanics in Engineering is designed for 2-semester courses in Solid Mechanics or Strength of Materials taken by students in Mechanical, Civil or Aeronautical Engineering and Materials Science and may also be used for a first-year graduate program.


Soil Mechanics and Foundations By: Muni Budhu @Rm110.00

Publisher: Wiley - 2000-01-12
Hardcover | 1 Edition | 616 Pages

This text/CD package combines the fundamentals of geotechnical engineering with an interactive multimedia CD to enhance learning and retention. Readers will learn to understand the physical and mechanical properties of soils; determine parameters from soil testing to characterize soil properties, soil strength, and soil deformations; and to apply the principles of Soil Mechanics to analyze and design simple geotechnical systems. Critical state soil mechanics is included. The CD contains multimedia interactive animations of the essential concepts of soil mechanics and foundations, interactive visualization of mathematical models (e.g. consolidation, critical state models, etc.), virtual laboratories (students can conduct soil tests, interpret the results and apply the results to practical situations using 3-D simulated apparatus; these labs are independent of time and location, the students conduct all the procedures as if he/she were in a real laboratory, and can explore "what-if" situations), digital videos, a glossary, notation, quizzes, notepads, interactive problem solving, spreadsheet links and computer program utilities.


Engineering Mechanics: Statics , SI Version, 5th Edition By: J. L. Meriam L. G. Kraige William J. Palm III(Editor) @ rm100.00

Publisher: Wiley - 2003-02-11
Paperback | 5 Edition | 512 Pages

A modern text for use in today's classroom!
The revision of this classic text continues to provide the same high quality material seen in previous editions. In addition, the fifth edition provides extensively rewritten, updated prose for content clarity, superb new problems, outstanding instruction on drawing free body diagrams, and new electronic supplements to assist learning and instruction.
If you think you have seen Meriam & Kraige before, take another look: it's not what you remember it to's better!


Understanding Mechanics By: A.J. Sadler D.W.S. Thorning @ Rm60.00

Publisher: Oxford University Press - 1996-07-18
Paperback | 2nd Edition | 512 Pages

One of the clearest and most straightforward texts ever published, "Understanding Mechanics" covers all the topics required in the single-subject A Level. It is equally appropriate for those preparing for other Mathematics examinations at A Level and for students on technical courses in further and higher education. The Key Points are: principles introduced in a simple and direct manner with worked examples; and ample opportunity given for practice with questions and exercises carefully graded to provide a steady progression. Each chapter closes with a comprehensive selection of recent examination questions. Answers are given at the back of the book.


Molecular Quantum Mechanics By: Peter Atkins Ronald Friedman @ Rm60.00

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA - 2005-02-17
Paperback | 4 Edition | 588 Pages


Quantum mechanics embraces the behaviour of all known forms of matter, including the atoms and molecules from which we, and all living organisms, are composed. "Molecular Quantum Mechanics" leads us through this absorbing yet challenging subject, unravelling those fundamental physical principles which explain how all matter behaves. With the clarity of exposition and rich pedagogy which have established the book as a leading text in the field, "Molecular Quantum Mechanics" takes us from the foundations of quantum mechanics, through quantum models of atomic, molecular, and electronic structure, and on to discussions of spectroscopy, and the electronic and magnetic properties of molecules. Lucid explanations and illuminating artworks help to visualise the many abstract concepts upon which the subject is built. Fully updated to reflect the latest advances in computational techniques, and enhanced with more mathematical support and worked examples than ever before, "Molecular Quantum Mechanics" remains the ultimate resource for those wishing to master this important subject. Supplementary resources: Companion web site, featuring: illustrations available to download; and solutions manual available to download [instructors only].


Analytical Mechanics By: Grant R. Fowles George L. Cassiday @ Rm90.00

Publisher: Brooks Cole - 2004-03-19
Spiral-bound | International Ed Edition | 544 Pages

Taking a clear, practical approach to learning, ANALYTICAL MECHANICS uses historical perspective to enhance understanding and insight. Examples are presented first, followed by discussion of fundamental concepts, helping students to grasp challenging concepts from more familiar, specific cases.


Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (International Edition) Stuart Russell Peter Norvig @ Rm80.00

Paperback: 1132 pages
Publisher: Pearson Education; 2 edition (13 Jan 2003)
Language English


The only misleading or confusing feature of this book is its subtitle. "A Modern Approach" may have been the case when it was written, but certainly isn't now.

This is the first serious book on AI that I read, and I found it to be extremely well written with the occasional lighthearted comment which made it relatively easy going.

In terms of entering the field today it is probably best read as a good solid primer in traditional AI methods which are still widely used and very useful in a variety of programming tasks.

It is very good at demonstrating the limitations of traditional approaches to AI relying on propositional calculus etc.

The only drawback is that it is limited to these domains. No treatment of evolutionary computation or anything related is provided, and modern multi-agent simulations are barely mentioned.

Overall this is not really a book to read if you want an overview of AI. It is better for getting a good solid understanding of the fundamentals.

My only gripe about the book (which really isn't about the book at all) is that the code base (which is still available online) is very out-of-date and getting it to work on (e.g.) modern versions of Linux is more trouble than it's worth. You're better off writing the programs yourself if you want a really good understanding of them.

Poor Place To Start Learning AI
This is not the best place to start learning about AI. The book is poorly written (to the extent that it can become confusing). There is also quite a lot of Maths (OK, you will have to come to terms with this eventually, but it is extremely offputting when one is trying to gain an overview of a topic). Better books to 'start with' are Alison Cawsey's 'Essence of AI' and 'Understanding Intelligence' Pfiefer & Scheier.