Empire State Building

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Editorial Reviews

AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 14.

This new “Structural Wonders” series looks at the science behind some of the most significant and interesting buildings throughout history. The six-volume set spans from ancient times to the twentieth-century Empire State Building. The format of each book is almost identical, including chapters on history, the idea behind the structure, the science needed to build it, its measurement, environmental impact, and construction careers. A chapter on Computer Aided Design is the same in each book. This series would best be used in grade school or middle school math and science classes to relate lessons to real life and real careers. Information on building history and use is sparse, but chapters such as "Make a Golden Rectangle," in Parthenon and "Measuring the Empire State Building" in Empire State Building could help an abstract concept take on concrete meaning. High school students will not find the depth of coverage needed for their assignments. Each title in the series touches on such a wide variety of subjects that no chapter presents in-depth material. Web links are suggested throughout, though, for those who would like further information. This series is suggested as a supplement to middle school curriculum, but public libraries need only consider it as an additional purchase. Reviewer: Stephanie Petruso
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 10.

The Empire State Building is immediately recognizable in the New York City skyline. When it was built in 1931, it was the tallest structure ever built and remained so until the World Trade Center was constructed in 1972. John Jakob Raskob was the force behind this structure, along with New York state governor Alfred E. Smith. This project not only provided jobs for people during the Great Depression, it showcased the amazing design work of William Lamb. The construction was at the time revolutionary, and many of the methods used for the design and construction of the Empire State Building are still used today, along with the aid of computers. In addition to supplying the reader with historical and engineering information about the Empire State Building, Banting also describes comparable jobs in today's world should one want to be part of building a skyscraper or other massive structure. Part of the "Structural Wonders" series. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621274681
  • Publisher: Av2 by Weigl
  • Publication date: 4/28/2014
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

What is the Empire State Building?     5
Building History     6
Big Ideas     9
Profile     10
The Science Behind the Building     12
Science and Technology     14
Computer-Aided Design     16
Measuring the Empire State Building     19
Environmental Viewpoint     20
Construction Careers     22
Notable Structures     24
Tall Buildings Through History     26
Quiz     28
Activity     29
Further Research     30
Glossary     31
Index     32
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