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Brunel: The Man Who Built the World
     

Brunel: The Man Who Built the World

by Steven Brindle
 

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A celebration of the life and engineering achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by two of the world's foremost authorities.

In his lifetime, Isambard Kingdom Brunel towered over his profession. Today, he remains the most famous engineer in history, the epitome of the volcanic creative forces which brought about the Industrial Revolution - and brought

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A celebration of the life and engineering achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by two of the world's foremost authorities.

In his lifetime, Isambard Kingdom Brunel towered over his profession. Today, he remains the most famous engineer in history, the epitome of the volcanic creative forces which brought about the Industrial Revolution - and brought modern society into being.

Brunel's extraordinary talents were drawn out by some remarkable opportunities - above all his appointment as engineer to the new Great Western Railway at the age of 26 - but it was his nature to take nothing for granted, and to look at every project, whether it was the longest railway yet planned, or the largest ship ever imagined, from first principles. A hard taskmaster to those who served him, he ultimately sacrificed his own life to his work in his tragically early death at the age of 53. His legacy, though, is all around us, in the railways and bridges that he personally designed, and in his wider influence.

This fascinating new book draws on Brunel's own diaries, letters and sketchbooks to understand his life, times, and work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780226484
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
05/23/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,134,453
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular series THE BEST BUILDINGS OF BRITAIN and AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY TREASURES. Steven Brindle is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Brunel and is famed for discovering and saving Brunel's 'lost' iron bridge at Paddington.

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