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esb
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esb   7/15/2013 3:51:41 PM
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Of course there is a connection between art and engineering.  Well engineered objects tend to be esthetically pleasing.  Consider the Golden Gate bridge or the Spitfire fighter plane.  Many civil engineers are quite consciously architects, too, which was especially true in the 19th century. 

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Shelly   7/15/2013 4:07:18 PM
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Speaking of bridge resonance, look up the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  There are videos online where wind resonance completely damaged a relatively new structure.  Resonance in all forms can be very damaging.  I do a lot of vibration-specific work, and have seen resonances of structures, big and small, that amplify the load by 100x.  That can be very bad when a structure is rated for a safety factor of 2x.

Thanks for the info on the book!  I will definitely have this as 'coffee table' reading material.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/15/2013 6:48:32 PM
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Rob, I think you've brought up some material for another book.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/15/2013 6:50:41 PM
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Sixty years after the fact, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge video remains the best visual in physics education, Shelly.

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taimoortariq   7/16/2013 8:40:59 AM
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Quite an interesting article rob, it is almost nostalgic to me. With all the information shared, we engineers have gone through the same thing, it would be nice to read something we can relate to directly, it always adds interest. And to read both the engineers perspective with an artistic touch seems very interesting. Looking forward to reading it.

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Charles Murray   7/16/2013 8:00:30 PM
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If you like books that offer an engineer's perspective with an artistic touch, taimoortariq, look for a book called, "To Engineer Is Human." It was written by Henry Petroski, who also wrote a blog for Design News a couple of years ago. One of my favorite engineering books.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/17/2013 1:51:56 PM
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I'm a paper book lover too, Rob. I don't thin k this is just generational: I know several people older than me who really like Kindle. But they read mostly popular fiction and are happy they don't need to keep copies of the books since they don't plan to re-read them. Most of my books are non-fiction, plus some fiction I definitely want to read again.

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Charles Murray   7/18/2013 6:25:39 PM
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I've been given two e-book readers as presents, Ann. I lost the first and have gone seven months without reading a book on the second. Maybe it's just a matter of cultivating a new habit, but I still like my paper books.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/18/2013 7:32:16 PM
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That's a funny story, Chuck. Maybe you will lose the second one, too :) I like the way books look, feel and smell--I love the smell of new print, especially aggregated in a book store. It beats the heck out of the smell of new electronics.

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Rob Spiegel   7/19/2013 10:58:34 AM
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Yes, vimalkumarp, iut's an intewrwsting little book. There are 101 tiny tidbits, but they're all interesting.

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