How Round Is Your Circle? Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet
Authors: John Bryant and Chris Sangwin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
This uses elementary geometry and trigonometry to guide readers through paper-and-pencil reconstructions of mathematical problems and how to construct physical models. It explains how applied mathematics and engineering work together to solve problems that range from keeping a piston aligned in its cylinder to ensuring that automotive driveshafts rotate smoothly.
Who is it for? Undergraduate mathematicians or engineers with an interest in practical problems.
Presentation: Interesting engineering problems presented lucidly with fascinating historical background.
Would you recommend it? Unreservedly. It complements the usual focus on more abstract maths and will enthuse readers.