"On Motion and Dynamics"
"Our love of technology has been deep since time immemorial, and controlled dynamics, steam engines and motors have aroused special interest ever since they came into being," writes Sten Nadolny in his editorial. Undoubtedly, even this multiple award-winning author ("The Discovery of Slowness") has been gripped by the fascination of power generation, transmission and control, and he professes his love for all things technical. It is remarkable that a writer like Nadolny occupies himself with technology and its irresistible appeal - just as remarkable as the whole book.
When browsing through the book and reading individual chapters it soon becomes clear where this widespread enthusiasm comes from. Through easily understandable practical examples, technically interested readers learn "how drive technology makes it possible for vehicles, ships, pumps and complex finishing and processing machines to be driven, braked and steered," writes the book's editor, the renowned technical journalist Georg Küffner. The proven layout concept offers a mixture of reports, articles and conversations with experts from all over the world. Short chapters on a wide variety of subjects around mobility and production allow the reader to open the book at any page.
Apart from exciting articles dealing with the transmission of powers, pressures and torques, impressive pictures ensure a more than entertaining read. The pictures speak their own language about projects and sometimes truly gigantic plants all around the globe. Be it a journey on a high-speed train across the Castilian high plains, a bus trip on a double-decker in Hong Kong, the latest locomotive development or gold rush fever in Canada - each and every subject is part of a comprehensive overview of the fascination of drive technology.
On Motion and Dynamics
Published by Georg Küffner, with an editorial by Sten Nadolny
504 pages, color illustrations, in German and English
Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 2009