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The LEGO® Engineer

by (author) Jeff Friesen

No Starch Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2022
General, Models, Automotive
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2022
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LEGO® bricks meet The Way Things Work in this fun, informative tour of the world of engineering, from the creative mind of expert LEGO® builder Jeff Friesen.

In The LEGO® Engineer, you’ll explore how some of humanity’s greatest feats of engineering work, from towering skyscrapers to powerful rockets to speeding bullet trains. Then follow step-by-step instructions to build these marvels with LEGO® bricks as you experience the world of engineering in a fun new way.

How do diesel and electric engines work together to drive massive freight trains? How does a container ship’s bow shape contribute to its fuel efficiency? How do cable-stayed bridges distribute weight differently than suspension bridges? You’ll learn the answers to these engineering questions and more as you build your way through over 30 models, all designed by LEGO® expert Jeff Friesen. Understanding the engineering principles behind these structures will not only help you better appreciate the world around you, but will also help you make your own LEGO® builds more realistic.

About the author

Jeff Friesen’s photography has received worldwide acclaim for a remarkably diverse array of work. His awards include the most prestigious in the photography world, including those from Communication Arts and Photo District News. Every summer Jeff works alongside his elementary school-aged daughter, June, as they take pictures of dioramas made with June’s toys. It’s serious fun. To see more of Jeff’s work visit and He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

"Packed with engineering facts, stats and step-by-step instructions for making your own awesome models . . . [The LEGO Engineer] features stunning digital photography [that] showcases how close [Jeff Friesen's] builds are to the real engineering wonders."
—Matt Yeo, Brick Fanatics
"The LEGO® Engineer shows some great LEGO® models but also shows some great examples of technology and engineering. It’s a great book to build with, and an excellent starting point for would-be engineers young and old!"
—Joe Meno, BrickJournal
"Innovative and just beautiful to look at."
—Mariana Ruiz, GeekDad
"Great photography, great buildings and structures."
—Adam King, Adam's Brick Junction
"Any LEGO enthusiast should have this . . . a really, really wonderful book."
—Dr. McBrick
"I love how much detail they go into . . . very clever stuff here."
—BrickinNick, Professional Brickbuilder and Competitor on LEGO Masters
"[The LEGO Engineer] will take your builds to new heights."
—Rosemary Kiladitis, Mom Read It
"This book is every bit as fun as it is educational and is perfect for the budding LEGO engineer in your life."

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