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John Bird - Author

About the Author

John Bird was born just after the Second World War to a London Irish family in slum-ridden Notting Hill. Homeless at five, he went on to spend three years in an orphanage before, at the age of ten, embarking on a spree of shoplifting, house breaking, vandalism and arson. Periods in jail were followed in his twenties by the birth of three of his children and his metamorphosis into a successful businessman. At the age of 45, using his own life and professional experience, he founded the Big Issue and over the last fifteen years has overseen its development into an international movement which stretches from Tokyo to Totnes.
 

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Basic Engineering Mathematics

Basic Engineering Mathematics

Author: John Bird Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2017

Now in its seventh edition, Basic Engineering Mathematics is an established textbook that has helped thousands of students to succeed in their exams. Mathematical theories are explained in a straightforward manner, being supported by practical engineering examples and applications in order to ensure that readers can relate theory to practice. The extensive and thorough topic coverage makes this an ideal text for introductory level engineering courses. This title is supported by a companion website with resources for both students and lecturers, including lists of essential formulae, multiple choice tests, and full solutions for all 1,600 further questions.

Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology

Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology

Author: John Bird Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2017

This practical resource introduces electrical and electronic principles and technology covering theory through detailed examples, enabling students to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge required by technicians in fields such as electrical engineering, electronics and telecommunications. No previous background in engineering is assumed, making this an ideal text for vocational courses at Levels 2 and 3, foundation degrees and introductory courses for undergraduates.

Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology

Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology

Author: John Bird Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2017

A fully comprehensive text for courses in electrical principles, circuit theory and electrical technology, providing 800 worked examples and over 1,350 further problems for students to work through at their own pace. This book is ideal for students studying engineering for the first time as part of BTEC National and other pre-degree vocational courses, as well as Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees and first-year undergraduate modules.

Engineering Mathematics

Engineering Mathematics

Author: John Bird Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Now in its eighth edition, Engineering Mathematics is an established textbook that has helped thousands of students to succeed in their exams. John Bird's approach is based on worked examples and interactive problems. Mathematical theories are explained in a straightforward manner, being supported by practical engineering examples and applications in order to ensure that readers can relate theory to practice. The extensive and thorough topic coverage makes this an ideal text for a range of Level 2 and 3 engineering courses. This title is supported by a companion website with resources for both students and lecturers, including lists of essential formulae and multiple choice tests.

Higher Engineering Mathematics

Higher Engineering Mathematics

Author: John Bird Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Now in its eighth edition, Higher Engineering Mathematics has helped thousands of students succeed in their exams. Theory is kept to a minimum, with the emphasis firmly placed on problem-solving skills, making this a thoroughly practical introduction to the advanced engineering mathematics that students need to master. The extensive and thorough topic coverage makes this an ideal text for upper-level vocational courses and for undergraduate degree courses. It is also supported by a fully updated companion website with resources for both students and lecturers. It has full solutions to all 2,000 further questions contained in the 277 practice exercises.

Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology

Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology

Author: John Bird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2017

This practical resource introduces electrical and electronic principles and technology covering theory through detailed examples, enabling students to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge required by technicians in fields such as electrical engineering, electronics and telecommunications. No previous background in engineering is assumed, making this an ideal text for vocational courses at Levels 2 and 3, foundation degrees and introductory courses for undergraduates.

Higher Engineering Mathematics

Higher Engineering Mathematics

Author: John Bird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2017

Now in its eighth edition, Higher Engineering Mathematics has helped thousands of students succeed in their exams. Theory is kept to a minimum, with the emphasis firmly placed on problem-solving skills, making this a thoroughly practical introduction to the advanced engineering mathematics that students need to master. The extensive and thorough topic coverage makes this an ideal text for upper-level vocational courses and for undergraduate degree courses. It is also supported by a fully updated companion website with resources for both students and lecturers. It has full solutions to all 2,000 further questions contained in the 277 practice exercises.

Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology

Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology

Author: John Bird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2017

A fully comprehensive text for courses in electrical principles, circuit theory and electrical technology, providing 800 worked examples and over 1,350 further problems for students to work through at their own pace. This book is ideal for students studying engineering for the first time as part of BTEC National and other pre-degree vocational courses, as well as Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees and first-year undergraduate modules.

Science for Engineering

Science for Engineering

Author: John Bird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

A practical introduction to the engineering science required for engineering study and practice. Science for Engineering is an introductory textbook that assumes no prior background in engineering. This new edition covers the fundamental scientific knowledge that all trainee engineers must acquire in order to pass their exams, and has been brought fully in line with the compulsory science and mathematics units in the new engineering course specifications. John Bird focuses upon engineering examples, enabling students to develop a sound understanding of engineering systems in terms of the basic laws and principles. This book includes over 580 worked examples, 1300 further problems, 425 multiple choice questions (with answers), and contains sections covering the mathematics that students will require within their engineering studies, mechanical applications, electrical applications and engineering systems. Colour layout helps navigation and highlights key learning points, formulae and exercises Understanding can be tested with the 580 worked examples, 1300 further problems and 425 multiple choice questions contained within the book Focuses on real-world situations and examples in order to maximise relevance to the student reader This book is supported by a companion website of materials that can be found at www.routledge/cw/bird, this resource including fully worked solutions of all the further problems for students to access for the first time, and the full solutions and marking schemes for the revision tests found within the book for lecturers/instructors use. In addition, all 433 illustrations will be available for downloading by staff. .

Mathematics for Electrical Technicians Level 4-5

Mathematics for Electrical Technicians Level 4-5

Author: John Bird, Antony J. C. May Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2015

The definition and solution of engineering problems relies on the ability to represent systems and their behaviour in mathematical terms. Mathematics for Electrical Technicians 4/5 provides a simple and practical guide to the fundamental mathematical skills essential to technicians and engineers. This second edition has been revised and expanded to cover the BTEC Higher - 'Mathematics for Engineers' module for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Higher National Certificates and Diplomas. It will also meet the needs of first and second year undergraduates studying electrical engineering.

Mechanical Engineering Principles

Mechanical Engineering Principles

Author: John Bird, Carl Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2014

A student-friendly introduction to core engineering topics This book introduces mechanical principles and technology through examples and applications, enabling students to develop a sound understanding of both engineering principles and their use in practice. These theoretical concepts are supported by 400 fully worked problems, 700 further problems with answers, and 300 multiple-choice questions, all of which add up to give the reader a firm grounding on each topic. The new edition is up to date with the latest BTEC National specifications and can also be used on undergraduate courses in mechanical, civil, structural, aeronautical and marine engineering, together with naval architecture. A further chapter has been added on revisionary mathematics, since progress in engineering studies is not possible without some basic mathematics knowledge. Further worked problems have also been added throughout the text. New chapter on revisionary mathematics Student-friendly approach with numerous worked problems, multiple-choice and short-answer questions, exercises, revision tests and nearly 400 diagrams Supported with free online material for students and lecturers Readers will also be able to access the free companion website where they will find videos of practical demonstrations by Carl Ross. Full worked solutions of all 700 of the further problems will be available for both lecturers and students for the first time.

Mark Twain and Metaphor

Mark Twain and Metaphor

Author: John Bird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2011

Metaphor theory, observes John Bird, is like Mark Twain: both seem simple upon first introduction. Now, in the most complete study to date of Twain's use of figurative language, a veteran Twain scholar tackles the core of his writing and explores it with theoretical approaches that have rarely been applied to Twain, providing new insights into how he imagined his world - and the singular ways in which he expressed himself. From 'The Jumping Frog' to the late dream narratives, Bird considers Twain's metaphoric construction over his complete career and especially sheds new light on his central texts: Roughing It; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court; Pudd'nhead Wilson; and No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger. He reconsiders 'Old Times on the Mississippi' as the most purely metaphorical of Twain's writings, goes on to look at how Twain used metaphor and talked about it in a variety of works and genres, and even argues that Clemens's pseudonym is not so much an alter ego as a metaphorized self. By offering insight into how Twain handled figurative language during the composing process, Bird reveals not only hidden facets of his artistry but also new aspects of works that we think we know well - including some entirely new ideas regarding Huck Finn that draw on the recent discovery of the first half of the manuscript. In addition to dealing with issues currently central to Twain studies, such as race and gender, he also links metaphor to humor and dream theory to further illuminate topics central to his work. More than a study of Twain's language, the book delves into the psychological aspects of metaphor to reveal the writer's attitudes and thoughts, showing how using metaphor as a guide to Twain reveals much about his composition process. Applying the insights of metaphor theorists such as Roman Jakobson and Colin M. Turbayne, Bird offers readers not only new insights into Twain but also an introduction to this interdisciplinary field. In lively prose, Mark Twain and Metaphor provides a vital way to read Twain's entire corpus, allowing readers to better appreciate his style, humor, and obsession with dreams. It opens new ground and makes old ground fresh again, offering ways to see and resee this essential American writer.

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