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Science  21 Oct 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6310, pp. 293
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah7123

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Books on cities appear almost monthly, but most focus on the history of particular cities or on urban planning or economics. Those that focus on the engineering of cities tend to concentrate on only one aspect: architecture, electricity, transportation, or water. No trade book has sought to cover all these engineering systems, much less in an entertaining way, until now. From structural and electrical engineering to water and transportation engineering, in Science and the City, Laurie Winkless aptly describes how cities function on a daily basis in a manner that would be equally accessible to high-school students and practicing engineers.