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A fascinating introduction to the world's bridges for the general reader 11. Juli 2010
Von Michael Butterfield - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is written by a professor of engineering, but with the general reader in mind. Although it deals with technical matters, these are presented in a way that does not require a high level of mathematics or physics. It has 50 illustrations including many magnificent photographs.

The structure of the book is as clear as the structure of the bridges that it discusses. After an introductory chapter it considers the four main types of bridge in turn; beams, arches, trusses, and suspension. It then considers the question of safety, and finally the development and maintenance of bridges as team work.

Bridges are considered as works of art as well as civil engineering, and the book is very rich in references to other arts and to culture in the widest sense, with references to Newton, Kant, Michelangelo, Giotto, Palladio, Herodotus, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, and many others. David Blockley also considers bridges as symbols, icons, landmarks, and as objects of inspiration.

There are fascinating sections on many celebrated bridges including the wobbly Millennium Bridge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Salginatobel Bridge, and the Millau Viaduct.

This is also a book that could be of value to schools. It brings maths and physics to life, and could be a vehicle for taking students on trips to visit bridges to see how these disciplines are used in practice in ways that are important as transport links as well as being imaginative and inspirational.
Eye-Opening 2. März 2014
Von Tritia James - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
I sometimes read books on a subject in which I don't feel any particular interest and know very little about, just to deepen my understanding of the world, and to see if perhaps it is an interesting subject once you take the time to consider it. That is why I picked up this book, along with several other books about bridges. This is the book that caught my imagination. It was so fascinating! I love how this author was able to take what could be a lot of dry facts about physics, materials, and construction and weave them into such a beautiful "story" about the who/what/where/when/how of bridges. No, I didn't understand every one of the physics concepts, but it didn't take away from the enjoyment of the book. Also, there were many concepts that I did understand thanks to the wonderful analogies the author used to illustrate them. I also saw that the physics of a bridge is a huge part of what makes a bridge a thing of beauty and wonder. I would suggest reading this book while simultaneously looking at a book of well-done color photographs of the bridges that are discussed in this book. Up till now, I've never even considered the bridges I've crossed. But now that I have a basic understanding of bridges, I will certainly notice them. And knowing how to look at them, I will certainly see their brilliance and beauty. Any book that increases my sense of wonder at some aspect of our world gets five stars!
It is not only about Bridges 18. Februar 2014
Von Karen Deets - Veröffentlicht auf
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I couldn't understand the engineering or mathmatical parts, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the book. I learned a lot about bridges that I didn't know. And, the author also wrote about people and how bridges are like the interactions between people.
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This is not for the "lay" reader 18. Mai 2011
Von J. Ttee - Veröffentlicht auf
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I bought this book because Publisher's Weekly said it was for the lay reader. Actually, it is more like a text book for a math class. I once planned to study engineering at the U of MN but so much math was involved that I changed my major. Now, many decades later, I hoped to to see some interesting facts about how bridges are built. I did plow through the book, although at times skipping pages. As far as "interesting" goes, I'd give it one star, but since the author shows he knows his subject, I'm giving it a three. But don't expect to be entertained.
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Not an easy read 18. August 2012
Von Dr. B. W. Langer - Veröffentlicht auf
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Thank goodness I had an engineering course 50 yrs. ago. This was not a book for the lay reader. It was poorly organized - facts mixed with philosophy -- what a mix!!! Book needed more and better illustrations.

I would definately not recommend this book for the person seeking a basic understanding of bridges. Sorry - If you have a math/civil engineering background , you'll survive the book otherwise you won't.
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