I am a mechanical and materials engineering student and bought this book after borrowing it from the library multiple times because of all the different content it contains, although the detail with some of the sections is far more limited than others (e.g. there is much more information regarding steels than any other alloy; granted it is very widely used, but furter detail on other alloys would be nicer).
The general quality of the content and the way of explanation is good (although I have notcied a few mistakes, which can make you start to question some less obvious content), with much use of colour diagrams. However, most of the example problems require you to log into the 'Wiley' website using a code sent with the book, where supposedly you can access the answers to questions as well as a wide array of 'additional chapters'. I have tried to enter this code and log on, but I cannot access the material; I notice that others who bought this book have had a similar problem. I have given up trying to get onto the website due to the hassel it was giving, and so cannot comment on the quality of the web material.
Overall, the book is good, especially so when used for notemaking or cross-referenceing due to the coverage of the content (I should probably mention that this book is for materials and not mechanical). However, the greed of the writers/publishers in not giving answers or all the chapters, as well as some content written better and more extensively than others means the rating cannot be higher than 3 stars.
- Paperback: 1000 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; International student edition edition (7 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470505869
- ISBN-13: 978-0470505861
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.1 x 25.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
- Customer Reviews: 78 customer ratings