Bridges: The Science and Art of the World's Most Inspiring Structures

Bridges: The Science and Art of the World's Most Inspiring Structures

by David Blockley


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Bridges have fascinated humans for centuries: they symbolize cities and represent power, wealth, and grandeur in their strength and soaring forms; they cross barriers-physical, cultural and spiritual. They are a metaphor for relationships between people.

In this absorbing account, David Blockley celebrates the science, art, and craft; the engineering skills and the teamwork involved in building a bridge. Taking us through the flow of forces in structures such as arches and beams, he leaves the reader able to 'read any bridge like a book'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199645725
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/18/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 573,950
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Blockley is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, England. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Royal Society of Arts. He was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers 2001-02.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xv

1 Bridges Are Bats: Why we build bridges 1

2 Underneath The Arches: Bridges need good foundations 36

3 Bending It: Bridges need strong structure 74

4 All Trussed Up: Interdependence creates emergence 111

5 Let It All Hang Down: Structuring using tension 149

6 How Safe Is Safe Enough?: Incomplete science 206

7 Bridges Built by People for People: Processes for joined-up thinking 242

Endnotes 281

Glossary 293

Bibliography 297

Index 301

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