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    I'm in year 12 now and want to study civil engineering at uni. Can anyone recommend any books for wider reading? Thanks =)
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    (Original post by Natalia.C)
    I'm in year 12 now and want to study civil engineering at uni. Can anyone recommend any books for wider reading? Thanks =)
    To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, by Henry Petroski

    In fact, Henry Petroski is a quite recommended author so his other books might also be worth a read.
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    To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, by Henry Petroski

    In fact, Henry Petroski is a quite recommended author so his other books might also be worth a read.
    Thanks you =)
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    For wider reading are you looking for just general interest reading?
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    (Original post by Vikingninja)
    For wider reading are you looking for just general interest reading?
    Mainly out of interest, partially for my personal statement. But I have 2 years, am a fast reader and genuinely really interested, so I'm looking for quite a few books to read
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    (Original post by Natalia.C)
    Mainly out of interest, partially for my personal statement. But I have 2 years, am a fast reader and genuinely really interested, so I'm looking for quite a few books to read
    A small but very interesting one to read is Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction. The further reading I did for my PS was mostly articles on the ICE site and going to a talk, read that book on a placement during my breaks.
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    (Original post by Vikingninja)
    A small but very interesting one to read is Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction. The further reading I did for my PS was mostly articles on the ICE site and going to a talk, read that book on a placement during my breaks.
    Thank you! That looks really interesting =)
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    You don't really need to do wider reading for engineering. Most universities for engineering will barely look at your PS anyway

    If you aren't doing FM, the best wider reading would just be going over the FM syllabus.

    For general interest...I can't really say anything springs to mind. Any kind of case studies book will probably be interesting, or just reading about such incidents on wikipedia. The Tacoma Bridge is the "traditional" case study used, as it covers aspects of engineering design fail, environmental factors, and the social and economic consequences of it. There's also a video! (but spoiler warning: the dog does die )
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    You don't really need to do wider reading for engineering. Most universities for engineering will barely look at your PS anyway

    If you aren't doing FM, the best wider reading would just be going over the FM syllabus.

    For general interest...I can't really say anything springs to mind. Any kind of case studies book will probably be interesting, or just reading about such incidents on wikipedia. The Tacoma Bridge is the "traditional" case study used, as it covers aspects of engineering design fail, environmental factors, and the social and economic consequences of it. There's also a video! (but spoiler warning: the dog does die )
    With your last paragraph, the book I gave is pretty much perfect for that. It's not that big of a book but it goes through history for a bit and talks about a load of civil engineering projects and the problems that they came across.

    Also Natalia.C if you want to watch something I would recommend a TV show called 'Impossible Engineering', you should be able to record it on demand (depending on your TV provider). It showed a load of major projects which faced a load of challenges and the design ideas they used to overcome them. If you do watch this I would recommend watching the episodes for the following: The Shard, Shanghai Tower. Three Gorges Dam and Millau Viaduct (this thing is shown in so many presentations in open and applicant days but as a side picture).
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    for my PS i read ICE articles (i named just one: about grenfell tower cos of character limit) i also mentioned that i read why buildings fall down and elaborated on my thoughts on a case - tacoma bridge. some cases were interesting, the others just went over my head cos the delivery was either boring from the author or i just didnt get the technical terms yet. this was all done in the summer. and now i got all offers
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    for my PS i read ICE articles (i named just one: about grenfell tower cos of character limit) i also mentioned that i read why buildings fall down and elaborated on my thoughts on a case - tacoma bridge. some cases were interesting, the others just went over my head cos the delivery was either boring from the author or i just didnt get the technical terms yet. this was all done in the summer. and now i got all offers
    thank you =)
 
 
 
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