9R17. Mechanism Design: Enumeration of Kinematic Structures According to Function. - Lung-Wen Tsai (Dept of Mech Eng, Bourns Col of Eng, UC, Riverside CA). CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton FL. 2001. 311 pp. ISBN 0-8493-0901-8. $89.95.

Reviewed by RL Norton (Dept of Mech Eng, WPI, 100 Institute Rd, Worcester MA 01609).

In the preface, the author states that this book Introduces a systematic methodology for the creation and classification of mechanisms. The book presents nine chapters and several appendices containing diagrams of linkage configurations in 306 pages, and has a four-page index. The book is labeled as a textbook and offers a small number of exercises at the end of each chapter. Its subject matter is somewhat narrow and specialized for use in an undergraduate kinematics course, though it might find use in a graduate course or as a supplemental...

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