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Bridges [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

David Blockley

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26. April 2012
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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A fascinating book on a fascinating subject Professional Engineering Magazine

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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating introduction to the world's bridges for the general reader 11. Juli 2010
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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.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Eye-Opening 2. März 2014
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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!
5.0 von 5 Sternen It is not only about Bridges 18. Februar 2014
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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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3.0 von 5 Sternen This is not for the "lay" reader 18. Mai 2011
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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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not an easy read 18. August 2012
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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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