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The Structure in our lives - Chapter 1

Recently , I started reading a book  Structures : Or Why Things Don't Fall Down by
J. E. Gordon. This book talks about how life has evolved right from the age of when life was unicellular and completely dependent on water for existence. I particularly like the section where structure is defined as something which can sustain load. This book was originally published in year 1978.

I wrote a small summary of the first chapter just to make sure that my thoughts are coherent around this matter. I am sharing the summary here.

As, we all know if the engineering structures breaks, then people are more likely to get killed . Obviously, we don't want that to happen. Engineers do well to investigate the reason behind the fall of the structure. But the problem is when they share the reason why did that happen they talk in a very strange language which doesn't seem to like an interesting one from the get-go.

But, well structures will remain part of our lives  forever that we cannot afford to ignore them. So, why rockets and other machines breaks down or why bridges and buildings fall down. We have to understand by taking the example from the nature itself. Like a bat can fly into a rose bush without even destroying the wings/pedals, why worms have that weird shape, why do we get lumbago (pain in the lower back), what can we do for crippled children's, etc? Can engineers learn from natural structures.

So, why things break/fall . We had to understand the real reason behind that. But now we have reduced the gap in our knowledge to answer some of these questions in a very intelligent manner.

So, the book tells that a specialist with a narrow mind  would find it either difficult to answer these questions because he is afraid of doing a research and explaining it to the world. But on the other side normal human being will find it quite rewarding if he is able to crack the the answer and he'll find it more relevant to a wide range of general interests.

This book tells us about the structures by which we all are always surrounded. How Technology and Nature go hand-in-hand. This book explains how managing all sorts of loads has lead us to  the development of structures and creatures . Even including men.

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