Monday, June 16, 2014

S15: A Manual of Engineering Drawing For Students and Draftsmen

As they say, you can’t win ‘em all. While this week’s Biblio-Mat book may not be the most exciting, but at least it's somewhat interesting (if you are into engineering drawings of sorts. There’s a niche for everything, right?). Always remember, though, things could be worse.

Book: A Manual of Engineering Drawing For Students and Draftsmen
Submitted by: Pat Healy

From Pat:

This tome by Thomas E. French was surprisingly dry. I know you can't judge a book by its cover, but you kinda can by its title. The full title when you open up the book is "A Manual of Engineering Drawing for Students and Draftsmen." Now maybe it's because I'm neither a student nor a draftsman, but I get the feeling that Mr. French was definitely not trying to rope anybody in who was outside of his target demographic.

I am torn about whether to leave this book in the drawer at my hotel room (the Gideons haven't gotten here yet to leave a Bible) or to bring it to my grandfather's grave (he was a draftsman of sorts). It's kinda heavy and as far as I know, dead people don't read, so I'm thinking I'll go with the former option. Or maybe I'll just read it and go to his gravesite and tell him what I've learned. Yeah, that's what I'll do. Here goes ... Commence reading!

Okay, "Preface to the Sixth Edition ... In the successive editions of this book the aim has been to keep abreast of modern engineering practice, adding new material in text and problems with each revision. Quoting from the previous preface, a course in drawing consists essentially of a series of problems given in connection with assigned study of ....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"

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