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Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam 15th Version by Michael R. Lindeburg


 

As I discussed in the preface to the thirteenth version, I’m chagrined to confess that I by no means learn a single preface whereas I used to be in school. Out of the prefaces of 100 or so textbooks written by witty, intelligent, devoted, and well-known consultants, I by no means learn a single phrase. Since then, I’ve added a whole lot of further books to my library, and I’ve solely learn just a few of their prefaces. I definitely have by no means written to an writer and stated, “Hey, I beloved your preface.” Nor have I ever acquired such a communication about any ebook that I’ve written.

So, why does a ebook even want a preface? The preface often explains (a) why the writer needed to write down the ebook, (b) why the ebook turned out the manner it did, and (c) how the ebook differs from the earlier version. Whereas subsequent chapters after the preface represent a ebook’s mind, the preface constitutes a ebook’s coronary heart and soul. You don’t must learn its preface for a ebook to have utility.

 

The actual “worth” is in the subsequent chapters. Nevertheless, if you would like a particular reference to the ebook, if you wish to get inside the writer’s head, if you wish to really feel what you’re studying, it’s best to begin by studying its preface. New books are written for a wide range of causes; new editions much less so. Sometimes, new editions are written to switch previous editions which have turn out to be in some way insufficient. Though I’ve learn some that come shut, authors don’t deliberately write books to be insufficient when they’re first printed; as a substitute, their books simply evolve into obsolescence and inadequacy over time.

From time to time, nevertheless, the motive behind publishing a brand new version is extra advanced. For instance, generally a wonderfully good ebook can turn out to be all of a sudden out of date attributable to an exterior occasion. This ebook has had many “sudden” new editions (and this fourteenth version isn’t any exception), which had been triggered by some change to the civil PE examination.

 

Typical examination modifications which have required publishing a brand new version of this ebook embrace revisions to the codes and requirements on which the civil PE examination relies, in addition to modifications to the examination’s physique of data, format, administration, and emphasis on (i.e., variety of questions for) every topic. Different occasions, new editions are pushed by authors’ want so as to add new materials or to enhance preexisting materials.

Generally they’re pushed by a necessity to include amassed corrections. Not often, attributable to the big quantity of labor concerned, new editions are initiated when a writer modifications the strategies or know-how it makes use of for producing (typesetting, illustrating, and so forth.) its books. For instance, many years in the past, PPI introduced out new editions when it stopped inking illustrations with Rapidograph pens and began rendering illustrations electronically. That hardly looks like large information as of late.

 

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