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Bridges

The Science and Art of the World's Most Inspiring Structures
Blockley, D. I. (Book - 2012 )
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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 forwhole 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 ofparticular 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.
Authors: Blockley, D. I.
Title: Bridges
the science and art of the world's most inspiring structures
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
Characteristics: xvi, 312 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Blockley
Notes: First published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
Contents: Bridges are bats : why we build bridges
Underneath the arches : bridges need good foundations
Bending it : bridges need strong structure
All trussed up : interdependence creates emergence
Let it all hang down : structuring using tension
How safe is safe enough? : incomplete science
Bridges built by people for people : processed for joined-up thinking
ISBN: 0199645728
9780199645725
Branch Call Number: 624.2 B6519b 2012
Bibliography: Includes index and bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Bridges Social aspects Bridges Design and construction Bridges
Topical Term: Bridges
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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.


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