BRIDGES DAVID BLOCKLEY PDF

Although it deals with technical matters, these are presented in a way that does not require a high level of mathematics or physics. It has 50 illustrations including many magnificent photographs. The structure of the book is as clear as the structure of the bridges that it discusses. After an introductory chapter it considers the four main types of bridge in turn; beams, arches, trusses, and suspension.

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Although it deals with technical matters, these are presented in a way that does not require a high level of mathematics or physics. It has 50 illustrations including many magnificent photographs. The structure of the book is as clear as the structure of the bridges that it discusses. After an introductory chapter it considers the four main types of bridge in turn; beams, arches, trusses, and suspension.

It then considers the question of safety, and finally the development and maintenance of bridges as team work. Bridges are considered as works of art as well as civil engineering, and the book is very rich in references to other arts and to culture in the widest sense, with references to Newton, Kant, Michelangelo, Giotto, Palladio, Herodotus, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, and many others.

David Blockley also considers bridges as symbols, icons, landmarks, and as objects of inspiration. There are fascinating sections on many celebrated bridges including the wobbly Millennium Bridge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Salginatobel Bridge, and the Millau Viaduct.

This is also a book that could be of value to schools. It brings maths and physics to life, and could be a vehicle for taking students on trips to visit bridges to see how these disciplines are used in practice in ways that are important as transport links as well as being imaginative and inspirational.

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Bridges : The science and art of the world's most inspiring structures

Add to basket Add to wishlist Description 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. 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.

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Bridges: The science and art of the world's most inspiring structures

But it was the perfect introduction to bridge engineering for me. Being a translator, I need to be able to understand any topic fairly rapidly. Some of my work had to do with bridges. In order to do a good job, I needed to read about bridges, but in a format that would be both accessible to laymen and technical enough to understand what the heck is going on in the bridge, what the structures are made of, how it works, how it I understand why another reviewer was very disappointed in this book. In order to do a good job, I needed to read about bridges, but in a format that would be both accessible to laymen and technical enough to understand what the heck is going on in the bridge, what the structures are made of, how it works, how it holds together, what tension is, and so on. This book did the trick.

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

The 3 ways in which a material is strong The three ways in which materials are strong are pulling, pushing and sliding. Engineers and scientists use the term tension for pulling, compression for pushing and shear for sliding. Tension Imagine a tug of war between two teams with say 5 people in each team. Each team is pulling on a fairly substantial rope and there is a tag on the rope right in the middle.

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