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Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Oktober 2006

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We are surrounded by the hardware of the modern world, but how much of it do we even notice, much less understand? This unique and fascinating book covers the parts of the landscape that are often overlooked despite their ubiquity--objects such as utility poles, power lines, cell phone towers, highway overpasses, railroad tracks, factories, and other man-made mechanical marvels. And they are not just in urban areas, but include out of the way "ecosystems" such as mines, dams, wind farms, power plants, grain operators, steel mills, and oil refineries. In Infrastructure, Brian Hayes offers clear explanations of the systems that keep the modern world running, including agriculture, energy supplies, shipping, air transportation, and the various ingenious methods of recycling and managing the waste we generate.

Subtitled "A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape," the book is laid out like a nature guide, with comprehensive details and photographs on every page. "There can be just as much of interest happening on a factory rooftop as there is in the forest canopy, just as much to marvel at in the operation of a strip-mining dragline as in the geological carving of a river canyon," writes Hayes. A mine may not be as scenic as a mountain peak, but he argues it can hold as much fascination. His "chief aim is simply to describe and explain the technological fabric of society, not to judge whether it is good or bad, beautiful or ugly." In this he does an impressive job. He tells us how things work and why they are located where they are, and answers dozens of practical questions in the process. He also walks us through how raw materials such as coal, timber, petroleum, and water are converted and transported for use in our homes and businesses. Readers won't view the industrial landscape that same way after poring over this remarkable book. --Shawn Carkonen -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Beautifully illustrated, continually informative, it richly deserves to become this season's unlikely bestseller." Alain de Botton, The Independent "Original, highly readable... An extraordinary book." Scientific American "When seen through the discriminating lens of author and photographer Brian Hayes, man-made objects appear as exquisite and natural as organic ones." Wired"

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Great book but the paperback edition is unwieldy. The book is very wide and printed on high quality, glossy paper which is very heavy. It's almost impossible to read the paperback edition when holding it in your hands because it won't lie flat.

I'm returning it and ordering the hard cover edition.
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HASH(0x8c82babc) von 5 Sternen Once you start looking, you see this stuff everywhere. 1. September 2011
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After years of playing successive versions of SimCity, and generally being fascinated with urban planning, I picked up this book to learn more about the "built environment". First, the book is dense, heavy, printed on good glossy paper. It's like a paperback textbook. Hayes moves through different sectors of the industrial landscape, from mining to smelting to electrical generation and distribution. He covers the transportation networks that we all use, but probably take for granted. The pictures are splendid, and diverse. I learned several new things on each page, and it has changed the way I look at the world around me.

Imagine the dismay of my poor wife when, as we drove merrily along a rural highway in Tennessee, I began to explain why one almost always sees electric lines in sets of three (three phase power), and often with a smaller wire at the top of the poles (designed to "catch" the lightning before it gets to the transmission lines. I started telling her about transformer boxes, and why fiber optic cables are often left in a sort of teardrop-shaped loop between two poles. That's when she told me that she was done listening to me.

It's got lots and lots of facts, and they're facts about things that surround you, dear reader.
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HASH(0x8c32127c) von 5 Sternen Phenomenal book, interesting, detailed, a surprisingly great pleasure to read 8. Juli 2007
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Going into this book, I would have never expected that it would become one of my five or so favorite books of all time. Taking what could be the most mundane, everyday objects and sites and providing an incredibly rich explanation of their purpose, their reason for being, sounds like an incredibly difficult task. Making it interesting enough to actually turn into a page-turner sounds impossible.

It is clear that the author has poured his heart into this book, and one emerges post-reading it as excited and almost as passionate as the author himself. The prose is remarkably well written, chapters commencing of the form "The social life of dairy cows is endlessly fascinating.." -- and it remarkably is, as he goes on to explain!

There are very few books that are such a labor of love. If I were trying to get a child interested in the world around them, I would buy this book for them immediately. It provides the richness to really begin to appreciate the world in its full complexity, with a framework that really makes a lot of sense. As an investor & member of the business community, I instead respect this book based on the fascinating topological overview that the book gives of the lesser-seen aspects of the industrial economy and its key value chains.

Fascinating. Fantastic. One of my favorites ever - a surely unrecognized marvel of a book. I wish the author well.
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HASH(0x8c32124c) von 5 Sternen Infrastructure combines superb photos with precise technical writing and readable popular science writing 7. November 2010
Von Jeffrey L. Blackwell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Brian Hayes has produced a superb 'photo journal' to the devices that shape our modern industrial landscape. These devices are necessary components for the conveniences that we take for granted - electricity and hot water on demand, cell phones, efficient transportation, to name a few. He has described the industrial landscape without losing general readers by introducing math, charts, & technical jargon.
'Infrastructure: a field guide' may require a second reading of parts outside one's technical field but it is understandable and helpful to any tech enthusiast who will make an effort to decipher the industrial landscape. It is particularly valuable to students and professionals in planning, architecture, & landscape architecture.
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Reference for Saboteurs & Demolition Men

I am sure when Brain Hayes wrote his book "Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape" he did not intend for it to be used as a resource for military demolition experts. This book is absolutely brilliant and has provided a valuable training resource in understanding urban physical infrastructure for targeting. Sabotage training for military and saboteurs consisted of teaching would-be demolition men the key components to the working of machinery and/or structures on which to focus their destruction. Saboteurs learn the extensive art and science of explosives and demolitions to cause permanent and semi-permanent destruction by specifically targeting certain "sweet spots" with explosives, properly placed, could bring down a bridge, cave in a mine shaft, or collapse the roof of a railroad tunnel. Some of the examples of possible targets of sabotage covered in this book include:

* fuel depots and manufacturing facilities
* Supply depots/ warehouses
* Repair facilities
* Oil pipelines
Aquatic Targets of Sabotage:
* Water routes (canals, river, etc.)
* Harbors, piers, and docks (both from water and land routes)
Land Routes, Vehicles, and Weapons as Targets of Sabotage:
* Railways (track, switching units, etc.) and rail bridges and tunnels
* Trains (locomotive, freight, and passenger cars)
* Roads and road bridges and tunnels
* Air traffic control towers
* Runways/airfields
Industrial and Economic Targets of Sabotage:
* Industries
* Machinery (as opposed to an entire factory)
* Economic crops (ex: rubber tree plantations)
* Coal mines
Utilities as Targets of Sabotage:
* Communications (lines above and below ground, radar installations, radio facilities)
* Electrical facilities
* Water facilities

Overall, I commend the author on outstanding book, and I highly recommend this book to anyone operating in the military field of explosives and/or special operations.
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