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McMillan, Duncan. The motor car. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1915.
illus. 12° (Longmans' technical handicraft series.)
A concise little book for the owner, explaining principles by means of simple diagrams and by drawings and halftones of the actual parts of typical cars. Has a chapter on the care of car and tires.
Pagé, Victor Wilfred. The model T Ford car; its construction, operation and repair. A complete practical treatise explaining the operating principles of all parts of the Ford automobile, with complete instructions for driving and maintenance... New York: N. W. Henley Publishing Co., 1915.
An extended exposition of principles as stated in the Ford Company's instruction book and a more detailed discussion of the points involved in maintenance and repair. Thoroughly illustrated.
Also reviewed in Building Age, New York, July 1915, p. 69; in Iron Age, New York, July 1, 1915, p. 51; in Machinery, New York, July 1915, p. 945; in Practical Engineer, Chicago, July 1, 1915, p. 661. *Valentin, Ernst.
. Fabrikation von Motoren und Automobilen, von Dr. Ernst Valentin... Mit 530 Abbildungen. Berlin: R. C. Schmidt & Co., 1915. 328 p. illus. 4o. (Handbücher für Motoren- und Fahrzeugbau.
Bd. 2.) In Germany large scale production of automobiles has not yet reached the magnitude shown in American factories. This book, by a German engineer, describes the special machinery and tools for such work and has something to say about the layout of plants. Reference to well known factories in America and abroad. There are many illustrations.
Reviewed in Dingler's Polytechnisches Journal, Berlin, June 26, 1915, p. 260; in Stahl und Eisen, Düsseldorf, June 10, 1915, p. 624.
Arthur, William. The home builders' guide; a treatise for those about to build, covering the selection of the site, the planning of the rooms and proper materials to use in construction. New York: David Williams Co., 1914.
illus. 12o. “But the man who is building his own home at as low a cost as possible cannot always afford a competent architect, and often loses a hundred dollars in the effort to save five. For such as he, this book will be of practical value, not to show ways of spending more money than enough, but to show how to save money, and especially to point out where it should not be saved, and to insist that a dime shall not be held so close to the eye that a dollar cannot be seen beyond. Here he will find help, and if some disillusion as to cost, it is better to get it before than after.”—From the introduction.
Reviewed in Concrete Cement Age, Detroit, July 1915, p. 44.
Associated Factory Mutual Fire Insurance Companies. Dry rot in factory timbers. Boston: Inspection Dept., Associated Factory Mutual Fire Insurance Companies, 1915. illus. 2. ed. 12°
A copiously illustrated little_book intended to show the possible ravages of fungi and means of prevention. For mills subjected to moist conditions an antiseptic treatment is recommended; for ordinary mills where the average humidity does not exceed 50 per cent. the carefully selected heartwood of Southern pine should usually suffice without treatment.
Eberlein, Harold Donaldson. Making walls and ceilings. New York: McBride, Nast & Co., 1915.
illus. 16o. “The decorative possibilities in the methods of finishing walls and ceilings are broad and numerous and yet the wealth of opportunity they present is often unheeded because we blindly allow ourselves to fall into the rut of habit. True, ventures wholly experimental may result either in gratifying success or in mistakes and disappointment, but there are enough safe and sure courses open to our choice, proved satisfactory by long experience, to provide a wide liberty of selection. The details of these tried and proved methods form the subjects of the ensuing chapters.”—From the introduction.
Kellogg, Royal Shaw. Lumber and its uses. Chicago: Radford Architectural Co., 1914.
diagr., pl., tables. 8o.
Brings together a wealth of information concerning structure, physical properties, seasoning, painting, flooring, preservation, fire-proofing, prices, with a section on commercial woods and lists of particular uses to which they are adapted.
McClure, Abbot. Making floors by Abbot McClure. New York: McBride, Nast & Co., 1915. 64
illus. 16°. What the tenant or owner should know about concrete, tile, mosaic, stone, brick, wooden, composition, and patent floors. Has a chapter on finishes and the care of floors. A practical guide for purposes of superintendence.
*McMahon, John Robert. The house that junk built. Illustrated. New York: Duffield & Co., 1915.
11 pl., 1 plan. 12°.
Story of city man who built a satisfactory concrete-block house with secondhand materials at a cost, excluding labor, of $2,135.15. Details of construction do not detract from a pleasant style.
Mills, Adelbert Philo. Materials of construction; their manufacture, properties, and uses. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1915.
illus. 1. ed. 8°. A well illustrated reference and text book covering cements, limes, concrete, building stones, brick, masonry, iron, steel, non-ferrous metals and alloys, and wood. Author is assistant professor of materials in Cornell University.
"Specifications for materials are abstracted from the standards of National societies. The typography and mechanical features of the text are, on the whole, exceptionally good. The book should prove to be a valuable reference work for engineers who desire concise and clear treatment of the subject of the manufacture,
physical properties, and uses of modern engineering materials. It is also an excellent textbook."--From a review in Engineering Record, New York, June 26, 1915, p. 813.
Also reviewed in Mining and Scientific Press, San Francisco, July 17, 1915, p. 110; in Engineering News, New York, July 15, 1915, p. 120; in Iron Trade Review, Cleveland, July 22, 1915, p. 183.
Scott, W. A. Handrailing for geometrical staircases. London: Whittaker & Co., 1915.
illus. 12° A practical little book describing simple methods, although “it is assumed that the reader is already acquainted with the setting out and construction of ordinary newel stairs."
Taylor, F. Noel. Masonry as applied to civil engineering; being a practical treatise on the design and construction of engineering works in stone and heavy concrete, adapted for the use of students and those engaged in the practice of the profession. London: Constable & Co., Ltd., 1915.
illus. 8°. "Without having much recourse to mathematics, Mr. Taylor has written a work on the design and construction of engineering works in stone and heavy concrete which should appeal both to students and the profession at large. Starting with a discussion of the properties of the stones commonly used in constructional work and their dressing and treatment generally, he proceeds to deal with the design of retaining walls, dock, canal and other walls, and masonry dams, bridges, towers and pillars, and concludes with a chapter on concrete block and monolithic construction and with one devoted to a discussion of shoring and underpinning. The treatment, if not exhaustive, strikes us as being clear and practical.” –From a review in The Engineer, London, April 16, 1915.
Also reviewed in Mechanical World, London, March 12, 1915, p. 125; in Nature, London, April 29, 1915, p. 230; in Canadian Engineer, Toronto, April 29, 1915, p. 513.
Beacall, Thomas, and others. Dyestuffs & coal-tar products; their chemistry, manufacture and application, including chapters on modern inks, photographic chemicals, synthetic drugs, sweetening chemicals, and other products derived from coal tar.
London: C. Lockwood and Son, 1915. illus. 4o. (Manuals of chemical technology. [v.1.)
A series of timely monographs reprinted, with additions, from Martin's Industrial and Manufacturing Chemistry, New York, 1913.
"Prior to the commencement of the war there had been little, if any, association between the chemistry of dyestuffs and ordinary gasworks operations, and the interests of gas engineers and chemists in this connection had not been aroused. The war has, however, altered this state of things, and all producers of coal tar are now following out the working up of their product, and are keenly alive to the possibilities of development in connection with the establishment of a national dyestuff industry in this country. The literature on the subject has hitherto been of a highly specialized character, and, inoreover, principally in the German language... The book forms a valuable addition to our literature on chemical industries, and especially so on account of the authoritative details given of the various processes." ---From a review in the Gas World, London, April 10, 1915, p. 410-411.
Also reviewed in Textile Recorder, Manchester, July 15, 1915, p. 81.
Holde, David. The examination of hydrocarbon oils and of saponifiable fats and waxes; authorized translation from the fourth German edition by Edward Mueller. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 1915.
illus. 8o. "Since the appearance of the third edition in Nov., 1909, important work concerning gas oils, oils for Diesel motors, the theory of lubrication, etc., has been published and this, together with newer specifications for gas oils, Diesel motor oils, etc., resulting from the work of Spiegel, Hempel and Rieppel, had to be considered in connection with many other specifications. Furthermore, all the newer recognized contributions of theoretical interest or analytical value have been carefully gone over. There have been added new sections on the determination of fuel value, on the physiological properties of petroleum products, on the nomenclature of bitumens, etc. Numerous tables of physical constants have been introduced to avoid as much as possible the necessity of reference to other books. The chapters on coal tar, asphalt and its substitutes, ozokerite and several chapters on the fat industry, notably on hardening of oils, glycerine, varnish, etc., have been enlarged.”—Preface.
“Holde has brought together a great deal of valuable data, which should be an excellent reference on the subject. Many of the methods given are in general use in this country, although the book cannot be taken as a text on industrial practice here.”—From a review of the 4th German ed. in the Journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, Easton, Pa., July 1914, p. 613.
Ingle, Harry. A manual of oils, resins, and paints for students and practical men. In three volumes, each volume complete in itself... With diagrams by the author and J. A. L. Sutcliffe... v. 1. London: C. Griffin and Co., Ltd., 1915. diagr., tables. 12o. (Griffin's technological hand-books.)
v. 1. Analysis and valuation.
Based upon lectures delivered in Leeds University and intended for students and those analysts and works chemists who have had little or no experience with the various oils in practice, but who are familiar with general chemistry.
Reviewed in Chemical Trade Journal, London, April 17, 1915, p. 354.
Tinkler, Charles Kenneth, and F. CHALLENGER. The chemistry of petroleum and its substitutes; a practical handbook. With an introduction by Sir Boverton Redwood. London: C. Lockwood and Son, 1915.
illus. "We feel sure, after carefully perusing the work, that it should rather be termed indispensable to the technologist, since, apart from its general high level of excellence and the fact that much of its contents is not available elsewhere in collected form, it also touches upon the kindred topics of the distillation of shale, coal, and wood, the production of alcohol, and the catalytic hydrogenisation of hydrocarbons.”—From a review in Chemical Trade Journal, London, Feb. 27, 1915, p. 192.
Also reviewed in Mining Magazine, London, June 1915, p. 361; in Nature, London, June 24, 1915, p. 447.
Underwood, Norman, and T. V. SULLIVAN. The chemistry and technology of printing inks. New York: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1915.
8o. Authors are respectively chief and assistant chief of the ink-making division of the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Reviewed in Inland Printer, Chicago, July, 1915, p. 556.
Civil Engineering *Allen, Cecil J. Modern British permanent way. Treating of rails, chairs, fishbolts, fishplates, keys, sleepers, ballast, railjoints, points and crossings, &c. London: Railway News, 1915.
illus. 4o. Compilation and revision of well illustrated articles in the Railway News published during the years 1911-14. Especially designed for those who are concerned with draughting room work.
"Railway track in this country is so different from that in England that this book presents little of practical value to the American engineer. It is a good exposition of British practice, but deals entirely with material and has nothing to say regarding organization, construction or maintenance methods.”—From a review in Engineering News, New York, June 17, 1915, p. 1174.
Breed, Charles Blaney, and G. L. HOSMER. The principles and practice of surveying. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1915.
New features are a full treatment of modern stadia work, the extension of the stadia tables, new material on steel tapes, a recent method of measuring slope distances with a table of versed sines to aid in the computations. The chapter on mine surveying has been entirely rewritten and attention has been given to the use of the Invar tape in recent methods of baseline measurement. Although the volumes are now bound in limp leather, pocket-size, there has been no change in type size.
Fish, John Charles Lounsbury. Engineering economics; first principles. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1915.
8o. Covers such subjects as economic selection, interest, sinking funds, first cost, salvage value, yearly cost of service, and estimating.
"From this enumeration it will be seen that the work is the only one of its kind thus far produced for classroom use. It might well serve as a companion volume to Prof. Humphreys' 'Lecture Notes on Business Engineering,' for each book supplements the other. Prof. Humphreys gives particular attention to corporation accounting, financing, etc., whereas Prof. Fish goes into the analysis of costs and their use in selecting the most economic device. The book is well conceived and admirably executed. It should find extensive use as a text-book, particularly now that engineering economics is more generally recognized as being worthy of study as an independent, though co-ordinate branch of engineering.”—Engineering and Contracting, April 28, 1915.
Also reviewed in Power, New York, May 11, 1915, p. 660; in Electrical World, New York, July 3, 1915, p. 23; in Canadian Engineer, Toronto, May 27, 1915, p. 611; in Engineering Record, New York, May 15, 1915, p. 625; in Engineering News, New York, Aug. 19, 1915, p. 357.
Hoyt, John Clayton, and N. C. GROVER. River discharge; prepared for the use of engineers and students. New York: