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Nature volume 149, pages 563564 (23 May 1942) | Download Citation



THE first of these two books has been written to meet the needs of students preparing for examinations in strength of materials and structures such as those in Part I of the University of London degree, Higher National Certificate and engineering institutions' syllabuses. These demand knowledge of the calculus, and the book assumes a similar standard. It is therefore disconcerting to find several pages given up to the working out in detail of the formula for the moments of inertia of such simple sections as form the most elementary exercises in integration. If the reader requires to be shown the detailed operations in the case of these geometrical sections, by how much the more must he need some light on the methods by which practical sections can be evaluated. From this point of view the author has not gone far enough to satisfy the needs of students at the stage indicated.

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