Primer on Engineering Standards:
Expanded Textbook Edition
O WEN R. GREULICH AND MAAN H. JAWAD
ASME Press Books, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016. 2018.
The successful design, fabrication, and operation of any product relies on foundational understanding of pertinent standards. Some will contend that standards and guidelines form a central pillar of the engineering profession. This textbook and quick reference, co-pub-lished by Wiley and ASME Press, goes beyond a list of rules to
help students and practitioners gain a better understanding of
the creation, import, and use of standards. Greulich and Jawad
discuss the impact and value of different types of standards,
and the process of standards creation is emphasized in terms
of essential characteristics and common pitfalls to avoid, with
detailed guidance on how, where, and with whom one may get
involved in official development.
168 PAGES. $49; ASME MEMBERS, $39. ISBN: 978-1-119-46617-8
THE PERFECTIONISTS: HOW PRECISION ENGI-
NEERS CREATED THE MODERN WORLD
HarperCollins, 195 Broadway, New York, NY
We live in a world that reveres precision—a concept more
432 PAGES. $29.99. ISBN: 978-0-0626-5255-3
powerful than mere accuracy, according to Winchester, the
bestselling author of science and technology books. We certainly are surrounded
with precision-built gadgets and track time with atomic clocks. But while
Winchester holds up the Antikthera mechanism as the earliest artifact of preci-
sion and the gravity observatory known as LIGO as its most recent apotheosis, he
contends that 18th century mechanical engineers should be credited for creating
precision. “It was brought into being for severely practical reasons,” he writes,
“related to the potentially awesome power of that high-temperature form of
water … known as and defined by the word steam.”
THE DESIGN AND ENGINEERING OF CURIOSIT Y:
HOW THE MARS ROVER PERFORMS ITS JOB
Springer Praxis Books, 233 Spring Street,
New York, NY 10013-1578. 2018.
The Curiosity rover is a mobile laboratory, bristling with
cameras, spectrometers, a meteorological station—even
an oven, useful for baking soil samples to free up their volatile components.
Lakdawalla describes how this one-ton robot was designed and put together, and
how the various instruments functioned. She even discusses the malfunctions
and the methods mission scientists and engineers developed to cope with them.
Given the unforgiving conditions and the self-sufficiency with which Curiosity
must work, it’s little short of miraculous that the rover has not only exceeded its
two-year mission but also continues to return data today, nearly six years after it
landed on Mars.
394 PAGES. $39.99. ISBN: 978-3-3196-8144-3