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

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

Bridges are remarkable structures. Often vast, immense, and sometimes beautiful, they can be icons of cities. David Blockley explains how to read a bridge, how they stand up, and how engineers design them to be so strong. He examines the engineering problems posed by bridges, and... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780199645725
Barcode 9780199645725
Published 8 May 2012 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Blockley, David
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ISBN-13 9780199645725
ISBN-10 0199645728
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 8 May 2012
International Publication Date 26 April 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Blockley, David
Category Architecture
Landscape Art & Architecture
Popular Science
Civil Engineering, Surveying & Building
Number of Pages 330
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 358g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Bridges, Bridges - Design and construction, Bridges - Social aspects
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 624.2
Catalogue Code 261542

Description of this Book

Bridges touch all our lives - every day we are likely to cross a bridge, or go under one. How many of us stop to consider how the bridge stands up and what sort of people designed and built something so strong? Bridge building is a magnificent example of the practical and every day use of science. However, the story of bridges goes beyond science and technology, and involves issues relating to artistic and cultural development. After all, bridges are built by people, for people. Bridges can be icons for whole cities; just consider New York's Brooklyn Bridge, London's Tower Bridge, and Sydney's Harbour Bridge. Such bridges can be considered functional public art, as they have the power to delight or be an eyesore. David Blockley explains how to read a bridge, in all its different forms, design, and construction, and the way the forces flow through arches and beams. He combines the engineering of how bridges stand up with the cultural, aesthetic, and historical importance they hold. Drawing on examples of particular bridges from around the world, he also looks in detail at the risk engineers take when building bridges, and examines why things sometimes go wrong.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A fascinating book on a fascinating subject Professional Engineering Magazine
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Professor Blockley is an engineer and an academic scientist. He has been Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Royal Society of Arts. He has written four other books including The Penguin Dictionary of Civil Engineering (2005).

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