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the steam is given, and an example worked out. The remark is made that “the diagrams so obtained show the characteristics of actual diagrams, but their mean

pressures are naturally much higher than they would JARINE ENGINEERING.

be in actual practice.” That is not our experience. Marine Engines and Boilers, their Design and Con

If the data are rightly used, there is a fairly close struction. Based on the work by Dr. G. Bauer. approximation between the theoretical and actual Translated from the second German edition by mean pressures. It is a case in which the precise law E. M. and S. Bryan Donkin. Edited by Leslie S.

of expansion assumed does not very much affect the Robertson. Pp. xxviii + 744. (London: Crosby result. There is one other small point in this chapter. Lockwood and Son.) Price 255. net.

The ratio of an actual to a theoretical diagram is

called an "efficiency" (p. 17). This leads to the HIS considerable work fills a gap in English awkward statement on p. 35 that “the efficiency of

engineering literature. For while the related triple expansion engines is less than that of single subject of naval architecture has been treated by cylinder engines.” If the more usual term “ diagram writers of authority, there is no very good modern

factor " had been used instead of efficiency the statebook on marine engineering. Dr. Bauer states that

ment would be less misleading. it is intended to be a condensed treatise, embodying

Next there is a very short section dealing with some the theoretical and practical rules used in designing thermal circumstances affecting the utilisation of marine engines and boilers. But though thus limited

steam. This is too brief to be satisfactory, even from in scope, it treats only of the most modern types and

the point of view of engine design. For instance, the excludes even modern engines and boilers of special loss due to cylinder condensation is explained by saytypes. As might be expected from the engineer-in-ing that “heat is withdrawn from the steam at high chief of the Vulcan Works at Stettin, the machinery

pressure and restored to it at

a lower pressure of warships and of some of the great German Atlantic (p. 37). The essential point that the heat is chiefly liners are very fully illustrated. There is not a great restored during exhaust is not mentioned. So the deal of theoretical investigation, but what there is

economy of multiple expansion engines is traced to bears very definitely on design, and is sound so far as

reduction of temperature range. But the re-evaporait goes. Perhaps the most valuable part of the book

tion during exhaust from one cylinder increases the is the great amount of tabulated information about

work in the next. In other respects also the exthe proportions of the machinery in good examples planation is deficient. However, the thermodynamics of modern practice. There is also a very large collec

of steam engines is fully given in other treatises. An tion of those empirical or semi-empirical rules, based important section follows, in which the stroke, speed, on extensive practical experience, on which engineers and turning moment are discussed. The theory of necessarily so much rely. There is reason to be grate-torsional vibrations is given, and practical ful that an engineer so distinguished as Dr. Bauer,

methods of determining the critical speed at with the care of a great factory on his shoulders, which liability to strong torsional vibrations occurs. should have found time to produce such a systematic In connection with this there is a brief but clear and treatise, and that he has been able to obtain the practical treatment of the problem of balancing. Then aid of some of his principal technical assistants in

the arrangement of main engines is explained, and dealing with parts of the subject.

there is a long section dealing with the proportions of The book has been excellently and competently engine details and including a sufficient account of translated, and the translators have undertaken the

valve diagrams. necessary, but very laborious, task of converting the

Part ii. deals with pumps. Part iii. discusses shaftnumerical statements of formulæ from the metric to

ing, and in connection with this ship resistance, and English measures. However bad our English sys

the proportioning of propellers. German writers are tem of measures may be, English engineers can only | adepts at tabulating coefficients and data, and the think and work in English measures, and the trans

tables in this section are excellent. Part iv. is on lation would have lost very much of its usefulness if

pipes and connections. Part v. deals with steam the conversion had not been made. Mr. Leslie S. boilers, and is chiefly descriptive of modern types. Robertson, who has edited the volume, has had prac

Here again the tabulated data from actual cases is tical experience in this branch of engineering, and has information of the most useful kind, and the rules of already published valuable works relating to it. His

the classification societies, which leave the engineer name is a guarantee that the adaptation of the work

very little discretion, are fully given. The last secfor English readers has been, from the technical point tion gives some account, rather too much condensed, of view, thoroughly well done.

of instruments used in steam engine and boiler trials. The general arrangement of the book is convenient. To many readers an account of Fottinger's torsion Part i., which occupies four-tenths of the volume, indicator for measuring the effective horse-power of deals with the main engines. First, indicator engines by observing the torsion of the screw shaft diagrams are discussed, and the application of theo- ! will be interesting. Hirn first used a torsion dynaretical diagrams in settling cylinder proportions. The mometer of this kind. As a diagram of the torsion well known method of constructing theoretical | angle is obtained, the variation of the power transdiagrams from a diagram of the volumes occupied by mitted can be determined.

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No account is given of the most recent change in Special lists are given of the birds of Grimsey and marine engineering, namely, the adoption of the the Westman Islands. Changes in the bird-fauna of steam turbine in place of reciprocating engines. The the whole group of islands, and the general relationsuccess of the steam turbine in this field is already so ships of the fauna form the subjects of two succeed. well assured that a revolution in marine engineering ing chapters, a brief note being appended on domestiis promised. But there are, no doubt, good reasons

cated species. for the omission. Experience in the use of steam This completes the introductory portion of the subturbines in ships is almost confined to this country, | ject, which occupies ninety-two pages, and the reand naturally at present full information as to the mainder of the text is devoted to the detailed synopsis results, mechanical and economic, of the use of tur- of the birds. The total number of species, exclusive bines is only possessed by a few engineers, and is not of the great auk, recorded in the preliminary list as generally available.

definitely known to occur in Iceland is 120, in addition In this country we still rightly pride ourselves on

to which are a few of which the right to a place retaining the highest position in shipbuilding and among the fauna is somewhat uncertain. Perhaps marine engineering. But, if we still do more work the most striking feature of the descriptive part of of this kind than any other nation, and if our best

the work is the almost painful severity with which work is as good as any in the world, yet Dr. Bauer's fashions in ornithological nomenclature are book should remind us that in science, experience followed, such appalling alliterations as Merula and skill, other nations now run us very close.

merula merula and Gallinago gallinago gallinago occurring with wearisome frequency. Without reiterating his own private opinion on nomenclature

of this nature, which is now pretty well known, the THE BIRDS OF ICELAND.

reviewer may point out that when the typical form Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Vogelwelt Islands.

of a species is alone•recorded, it is perfectly superHantzsch. Pp. vi + 341; illustrated. (Berlin : fluous to add the terminal trinomial, Merula merula Friedländer and Son, 1905.) Price 12 marks. and Gallinago gallinago being in such

apINCE Iceland lies on one of the main migration i parently all that can possibly be required.

Excellent photographs of the eggs, nests, or breedland and Iceland itself, and passes by the Färöes to ing-haunts of some of the rarer species serve to enliven the British Islands, its bird-fauna is naturally of the text, and ornithologists will be greatly interested special interest and importance. This is testified by in the two pictures of the eggs and callow young of the appearance within a comparatively short period the great skua in their natural surroundings. The of two works on the subject, namely, Mr. H. N. work will doubtless long remain the , standard Slater's “ Manual of the Birds of Iceland,” published authority on Icelandic birds, at all events for German

readers. at Edinburgh in 1901, and the present larger and

R. L. more pretentious volume. In addition to the general fauna, there is special interest attaching to Iceland as the chief European resort in former days of the

OUR BOOK SHELF. gare-fowl, or great auk. The history of this lost bird

Neue Fische und Reptilien aus der böhmischen and the literature relating to it the author reserves for

Kreideformation. By Prof. Dr. Anton Fritsch and a supplemental volume. Despite all that has been

Dr. Fr. Bayer. Pp. 34; plates ix. (Prague : Fr. done by travellers and collectors, Mr. Hantzsch is of Rivnac, 1905.) opinion that our knowledge of the bird-fauna of

VERTEBRATE fossils are not only rare, but also badly Iceland is still far from complete, much of the interior preserved, in the Cretaceous rocks of Bohemia. of the country being difficult of access and still im- Palæontologists must therefore admire the enthusiasm perfectly explored by collectors. Accordingly he is of Dr. Anton Fritsch, who continues to devote to the fain to admit that the last word on the subject still interpretation of difficult fragments so much study as remains to be said.

is evidenced by his numerous writings on these re

mains. In 1878 he published a complete synopsis of The volume commences with an historical survey

the subject as then understood. Now, with the aid of the growth of our knowledge of Icelandic of Dr. Franz Bayer in the determination of fishes, ornithology, with notices of the chief explorers and he again publishes an up-to-date treatise, including workers in this field of research, and a list of the the discoveries of the last quarter of a century. The more important memoirs and books treating of the

work is illustrated in Dr. Fritsch's usual style, and a subject. Then comes a detailed account of the

few of the figures are revised drawings of specimens

previously described. author's own journeys in the island for the purpose

Dr. Bayer's chapter on the Cretaceous fishes was of collecting specimens and personally observing the originally published in the Bohemian language in birds. This is followed by an interesting description 1902, but is now made more readily accessible in of the main physical features of Iceland and the German. He describes evidence of several new neighbouring islets, such as Grimsey in the north genera, and species, and concludes that in the and the Westman group in the south, this being of the higher fishes than have hitherto been found

Bohemian Chalk there are more varied representatives illustrated with a number of reproductions of photo- below the Tertiary formations. In view of the fraggraphs of the scenery taken by the author himself. mentary nature of most of the fossils, it must be

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