Why don't ships/buildings/bridges fall down? Structures by J.E. Gordon is aimed at answering such questions for the layman.
Some of the principles and laws governing the materials that are the basis of structures are fascinating. I found many parallels between this industry and investing. For example, engineers have traditionally built structures incorporating a margin of safety in terms of tolerance...but when these have failed it is because the assumptions behind the calculations were faulty.
But I must admit that as the book became more technical, I got lost. The vocab used and the 3D setups described were sometimes too much for me to understand. When it comes to construction, I know next to nothing, so for this reason I wasn't able to enjoy the book to its potential.
For those with an affinity for this subject, I think the book would be quite interesting.