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How to Read Bridges: A Crash Course In Engineering and Architecture
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This accessible book is a visual guide to understanding and identifying architectural styles and engineering techniques of all types of bridges, from ancient Roman arch bridges and nineteenth-century truss bridges prevalent in the United States, to the latest high-design cantilever and suspension bridges of the moment. It explores the elegant and varied ways in which engineers and architects have designed ever longer yet less heavy bridges, devising new methods of construction along the way.
Illustrated throughout with detailed line drawings and cross sections, including dramatic images of the world’s iconic bridges, this charming guide still fits in a pocket or purse—perfect for anyone who likes to explore the dynamic bridges and built environment on foot.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #356200 in Books
- Published on: 2012-02-21
- Released on: 2012-02-21
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 6.48" h x .67" w x 5.39" l, .86 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 256 pages
About the Author
Edward Denison is a writer and photographer whose work includes authoritative books on design and architecture. Ian Stewart is an engineer at Davies Maguire + Whitby, a structural engineering design practice. He holds a BEng in civil engineering and a PhD in structural dynamics.
Most helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Small but fun
By Hector Horace
Interesting but small book. There are diagrams and photos of many bridges from many parts of the world, including China, Australia, Europe and US. There is attention for the principles involved, the builders, the disasters, the future and the past. The photos are in colour and generally sunny. This is a small book: 6.5" by 5.5", and thoroughly enjoyable.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
By D. J. deJong
A good book for the laymen to learn the basics of bridges. Profusely illustrated with examples from all over the world as well as the entire history of bridge building. Nice size to take with you, and info is current. If you are a bridge buff this book is for you.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Hal Aber
Great intro to bridges!