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Nature volume 140, page 635 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation



SOILS are a subject of interest to a large circle of investigators, since they play an essential part in most human activities. Not least are they of importance to the engineer, who has to deal with them as foundations and as materials for his structures. A text-book on these aspects of their utility is therefore not only justifiable but also eminently desirable, and the authors of this joint compilation have produced one on clear and comprehensive lines. Part 1 of the volume deals with the origin and composition of soils ; Part 2 with the characteristics of soil ; Part 3 with the structural properties of soil, and Part 4 with practical design and construction. The chief author and his collaborators are highway engineers in the service of the United States Bureau of Public Roads: their point of view, therefore, as well as the sources of their data, is naturally mainly American, as is evidenced throughout the volume in nomenclature and classification and in the fairly extensive bibliography at the end. The book is well illustrated with diagrams, and there is a glossary of geological terms as well as a serviceable index.

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