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Published: 26 April 2012

330 Pages | 50 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199645725

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The science and art of the world's most inspiring structures

David Blockley

  • Considers the importance of bridges, highlighting examples from across the world, including New York's Brooklyn Bridge, London's Tower Bridge, Sydney's Harbour Bridge, and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
  • Explains how to read a bridge in their different forms, their design and construction, the way the forces flow in arches and beams, and the vital foundations
  • Shows how engineers work and think in creating these often huge and iconic structures
  • Demonstrates what can go wrong - famous bridge failures, and problems like the 'wobble' of London's Millennium Bridge - and why they occur
  • Combines the engineering of how bridges stand up with references to the cultural, aesthetic, and historical importance of bridges
  • Includes vignettes of the life and work of key engineers such as Brunel and Stephenson