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.


Artificial Intelligence: Structures and Strategies for Complex Problem Solving (4th Edition) By: George F. Luger @ Rm70.00

Publisher: Addison Wesley - 2001-07-30
Hardcover | 4 Edition | 880 Pages


(Pearson Education) Textbook in artificial intelligence, touching on several levels of structures and strategies for complex problem solving. Shows how to use the numerous software tools and techniques for problem solution. For computer scientists. Previous edition not cited.


Artificial Intelligence: Structures and Strategies for Complex Problem Solving (5th Edition) By: George F. Luger @ Rm60.00

Publisher: Addison Wesley - 2004-10-10
Hardcover | 5 Edition | 928 Pages

The fifth edition of this book continues to provide a balanced perspective on the language schools, theories, and applications of artificial intelligence. These diverse branches are unified through detailed discussions of AI's theoretical foundations. The book is broken down into six parts to provide readers complete coverage of AI. It begins by introducing AI concepts, moves into a discussion on the research tools needs for AI problem solving, and then demonstrates representations for AI and knowledge-sensitive problem solving. The second half of the book offers an extensive presentation of issues in machine learning, continues presenting important AI application areas, and presents Lisp and Prolog to the reader. This book is appropriate for programmers both as an introduction to and a reference of the theoretical foundations of artificial intelligence.


Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical Engineering By: W. Bolton @ rm70.00

Publisher: Prentice Hall - 2004-03-29
Paperback | 3 Edition | 592 Pages

The integration of electronic engineering, electrical engineering, computer technology and control engineering - mechatronics - forms a crucial part in the design, manufacture and maintenance of a wide range of engineering products and processes. This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to the application of electronic control systems in mechanical and electrical engineering. It gives a framework of knowledge that allows engineers and technicians to develop an interdisciplinary understanding and integrated approach to engineering.


Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics Nannapaneni Narayana Rao @ Rm70.00

Paperback: 864 pages
Publisher: Pearson Education; 6 edition (25 Feb 2004)
Language English


For a first course in Electrical Engineering as well as in Computer Engineering, followed by one or more required or elective courses for electrical engineering students, that build on the first course.

This successful text with its versatile approach includes thorough coverage of statics with an emphasis on the dynamics of engineering electromagnetics. It integrates practical applications, numerical details, and completely covers all relevant principles.


Engineering Electromagnetics By: William H. Hayt John A. Buck @ Rm60.00

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. - 2001-07-01
Format: Hardcover

"Engineering Electromagnetics" is a "classic" in Electrical Engineering textbook publishing. First published in 1958, it quickly became a standard and has been a best-selling book for over 4 decades. A new co-author from Georgia Tech has come aboard for the sixth edition to help update the book. Designed for introductory courses in electromagnetics or electromagnetic field theory at the junior-level, and offered in departments of electrical engineering, the text is a widely respected, updated version that stresses fundamentals and problem solving and discusses the material in an understandable, readable way. As in the previous editions, the book retains the scope and emphasis that have made the book very successful while updating all the problems.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Engineering: An Introduction By: Callister William D. Jr. @RM90.00

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons - 2002-08-20
Hardcover | 6th Edition Edition | 848 Pages

Solutions Manual, Transparencies and a fully interactive simulation software package demonstrating crystal structure available.


WIE Advanced Mechanics of Materials By: Arthur P. Boresi @ Rm90.00

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons - 2003-04-04
Hardcover | 6th Edition Edition | 760 Pages

This book is a text book for courses in advanced mechanics at many universities. It retains the strength of materials approach, rather than that of the theory of elasticity, so it is easy to follow for anyone with a basic background in mechanics. This book is also a good reference with most of the important topics being covered. A good purchase for anyone interested in mechanics of materials.


Mechanics of Materials By: Ferdinand P. Beer @ Rm100.00

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - 2004-05-03
Paperback | 3 Revised Ed Edition | 780 Pages


This book has a lot of interesting questions, but does not really delve into giving detailed procedures for getting answers. In the practice exercises, it skips a bunch of steps, assuming that the reader would already know what to do. At other points in the book, they painstakingly go through simple concepts. This was frustrating situation at times, which was exacerbated by having an incompetent professor. In the end, this book saved my hide by having good pictures and somewhat straightfoward approaches to mechanics problems. Also, the answers in the back of the book are a HUGE help. From them, you can usually identify a stupid mistake in your answer which could be the result of too many or too few zeros.


Mechanics of Materials (International Edition) Author: Russell C Hibbeler @ Rm100.00

Paperback: 848 pages
Publisher: Pearson Education; 5 edition (9 Jan 2003)
Language English

This text provides a clear, comprehensive presentation of both the theory and applications of mechanics of materials. It examines the physical behavior of materials under load, then proceeds to model this behavior to development theory. The contents of each chapter are organized into well-defined units that allow instructors great flexibility in course emphasis. Hibbeler combines a fluid writing style, cohesive organization, outstanding illustrations, and dynamic use of exercises, examples, and free body diagrams to help prepare tomorrow's engineers.


Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering By: Smith @ Rm100.00

Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education - 2005-09-01
Format: Paperback

This text, an expanded and rearranged version of Principles of Materials Science and Engineering, 2/e, is appropriate for a first course in materials science and engineering for engineering students.


Mechanics of Materials By: R. C. Hibbeler Russell C. Hibbeler @ Rm90.00

Publisher: Prentice Hall - 1999-12-15
Hardcover | 4th Edition | 848 Pages

Provides the student with a clear and thorough presentation of both the theory and application of the fundamental principles of mechanics of materials. Places an emphasis on the importance of satisfying equilibrium, compatibility of deformation, and material behavior requirements. DLC: Strength of materials.


Bridgescape: The Art of Designing Bridges, Second Edition By: Frederick Gottemoeller @Rm110.00

Publisher: Wiley - 2004-08-25
Hardcover | 2nd Edition | 328 Pages

An updated classic on designing both functional and visually stunning bridges.

This highly visual guide to understanding and using aesthetics in the design of bridges is now available in a second edition. You'll find updated bridge examples, improved photographs, and more technical depth for serious engineering study. New case studies of bridges currently underway provide real-world coverage, with an emphasis on the relationship between design problems, planning, and solutions, along with structural and cost challenges. Featuring a larger page size to better highlight the detailed illustrations and photos, this edition's entirely new coverage includes:

  • Discussion on the "whys" behind various recommendations.
  • New material on moveable bridges.
  • Ways to respond to the structural and cost challenges involved in construction.
  • Integration of Context-Sensitive Design/Context-Sensitive Solutions (CSD/CSS) into the design process.
  • Twelve new case studies of bridges, with an emphasis on the relationship between design problems and planning their solutions.
  • Information on the contribution of bridge aesthetics to environmental impact studies.


Technical Drawing (Pie) Frederick E Giesecke Alva Mitchell Henry C Spencer Ivan Leroy Hill John Thomas Dygdon James E Novak @ Rm80.00

Publisher: Pearson Education - 2003-09-05
Format: Paperback

This is a well-written and illustrated book with several useful references to different CAD packages.

It is a useful tool for answering many technical drawing questions.

One word of warning thought, it is written to American (ANSI) regulations, rather than British (BSI or ISO) standards, and thus quotes from American standards rather than European equivalents


Design of Concrete Structures By: Arthur H. Nilson David Darwin Charles Dolan @ Rm100.00

Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education - 2003-10-01
Paperback | 13th Edition | 896 Pages

The 13th edition of the classic text, "Design of Concrete Structures", is completely revised using the newly released 2002 ACI Code. This text covers the behavior and design aspects of concrete and provides thoroughly updated examples and homework problems throughout. The 13th edition features a new chapter, Chapter 10, covering strut-and-tie models, although the two-pronged objectives of establishing a firm understanding of the behavior of reinforced concrete, and developing proficiency in the methods used in current design practice are retained. This text presents the basic mechanics of structural concrete and methods for the design of individual members for bending, shear, torsion, and axial force, and also provides in detail the various types of structural systems applications.


Engineering Design Graphics (11th Edition) By: James H. Earle @ Rm170.00

Publisher: Prentice Hall - 2003-10-03
Hardcover | 11 Edition | 832 Pages

For courses in Engineering Graphics and Technical Drawing. Engineering Design Graphics offers an extremely practical, straightforward approach to the subject, covering areas such as design and creativity, computer graphics, engineering drawing standards, spatial analysis, and problem solving. Organized and presented in a clear and accessible manner, this text introduces students to the fundamentals of engineering design through a highly visual format and numerous step-by-step examples and hands-on exercises.