Science and the City - Laurie Winkless (Hardcover)

The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis

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Description

A window into the hidden science and engineering that are the backbone and lifeblood of the city, now and in the future.

Product Details

Barcode
9781472913210
Department
Books
Released
25 Oct 2016
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Laurie Winkless
Subtitle
The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis
Binding
Hardback
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Language
English
Number of Pages
288
Dimensions
216 x 135 x 135mm

Annotation

Uncovering the science and engineering that shapes our cities, a physicist reveals how technology will help us meet the challenges of a soaring world population, from an ever-increasing demand for power, water and Internet access, to simply how to get about in a megacity of tens of millions of people.

Summary

Science is secretly at work behind the scenes of major cities of the world and will continue to be so. Technological advances in fields as diverse as quantum mechanics, electronics, and nanotechnology are proving increasingly important to city life, and the urban world will turn to science to deliver solutions to the problems of the future; more than 50 percent of the world's population now lives in cities, and that proportion is growing fast. Can engineering provide the answer to a viable megacity future?

Science and the City starts at your front door and guides you through the technology of everyday city life: how new approaches to building materials help to construct the tallest skyscrapers in Dubai, how New Yorkers use light to treat their drinking water, how Tokyo commuters' footsteps power gates in train stations. Uncovering the science and engineering that shapes our cities, Laurie Winkless reveals how technology will help us meet the challenges of a soaring world population--from an ever-increasing demand for power, water, and internet access, to simply how to get about in a megacity of tens of millions of people.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Science/Math
BIC Classification 1
Impact of science & technology on society
BIC Classification 2
Popular science
BIC Classification 3
Technology: general issues
Readership
General (US: Trade)