Structures: The Way Things Are Built

Structures: The Way Things Are Built

by Nigel Hawkes
     
 

From the ancient to the modern, from the bizarre to the noble, the world's man-made structures stand as unsurpassed examples of the ingenuity and muscle required to transform a vision into miraculous reality. Structures pays tribute to these awe-inspiring feats of human creation. Here from every continent are the superlative achievements of architecture and…  See more details below

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From the ancient to the modern, from the bizarre to the noble, the world's man-made structures stand as unsurpassed examples of the ingenuity and muscle required to transform a vision into miraculous reality. Structures pays tribute to these awe-inspiring feats of human creation. Here from every continent are the superlative achievements of architecture and engineering: the largest, longest, highest, most massive, and most ambitious structures ever made by human hands. Their origins, design, and construction are recounted in entertaining and informative text and illuminated with a wealth of photoraphs, working diagrams, cutaway drawings, and etchings that bring the work to life. Structures is both an anatomy and a celebration of the triumphant alliance of human technology and human spirit.

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Library Journal
Presenting the fascinating stories behind more than 40 of the world's most extraordinary building feats, this book covers architectural achievements like London's Crystal Palace, monolithic memorials like Mount Rushmore, underground masterpieces like Rome's catacombs, and civil engineering marvels like the Trans Siberian Railway. Also included are palaces, churches, sculptures, bridges, dams, canals, railways, and tunnels, all selected because of their ``boldness, scale or sheer eccentricity.'' For each structure, an illuminating essay recounts the origins, design and construction. Accompanying photographs, working diagrams, cutaway drawings, and etchings help the reader understand the way the structure was built. The book finishes with a gazetteer that contains brief descriptions of other famous structures such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Taj Mahal. A well-written narrative recommended for academic and large public libraries.-- Sarojini Bala chandran, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
Booknews
Science writer Hawkes provides informative, non-technical accounts of the origin, design, and construction of 43 of the most ambitious structures ever built--the oldest being by the Egyptians and the newest the huge scientific instruments in Chile and Switzerland designed to study the infinities of space and the infinitesimal structure of the atom. Even the illustrations are awesome--some 500 photographs, diagrams, drawings and etchings, all in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780020005100
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/15/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.70(d)

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