Structural Engineering Basics?
July 20, 2013 6:38 PM   Subscribe

What are the best websites and books for learning the basics of structural engineering?

After becoming increasingly enamored of the works of Terunobu Fujimori I would love to learn more about structural engineering - a lot of his buildings simply don't look possible to me, and I would love to understand how to determine whether a structure like that will stand. What are some of the best websites, books, youtube videos, etc. for learning structural engineering?

For what it's worth, I know the basics of wood and metalworking, and am pretty comfortable with the aesthetics and human factors of architecture, but I have no knowledge of the physics or engineering side. Also, I'm not looking to take a class at a local college or anything like that at this stage.

posted by taltalim to Education (2 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
You might want to start with the late James Gordon, who was one of those British scientists who could really write.
His first two books,
- Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
- The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor
were distilled into
- Science of Structures and Materials by Scientific American.

A few graphs, a few equations, but mostly a lot of text covering a lot of areas of structures and materials.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:55 PM on July 20, 2013 [7 favorites]

Also, the late Mario Salvadori wrote
- Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture and
- Why Buildings Fall Down: Why Structures Fail
Both are good, readable introductions to structures.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 7:27 PM on July 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

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