Super Structures: The Science of Bridges, Buildings, Dams, and Other Feats of Engineering (Paperback)
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Super Structures: The Science of Bridges, Buildings, Dams, and Other Feats of Engineering (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 11/06/2010
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Ever wonder how a graceful and slender bridge can support enormous loads over truly astonishing spans? Why domes and free-standing arches survive earthquakes that flatten the rest of a city? Physicist Mark Denny looks at the large structures around us-tall buildings, long bridges, and big dams-and explains how they were designed and built and why they sometimes collapse, topple, or burst. Denny uses clear, accessible language to explain the physics behind such iconic structures as the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower, the Forth Rail Bridge in Edinburgh, and Hoover Dam. His friendly approach allows readers to appreciate the core principles that keep these engineering marvels upright without having to master complex mathematical equations. Employing history, humor, and simple physics to consider such topics as when to use screws or nails, what trusses are, why iron beams are often I-shaped, and why medieval cathedrals have buttresses, Denny succeeds once again in making physics fun.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801894374
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Extraordinary guide to the hidden secrets of modern man-made miracles... Highly recommended. Midwest Book Review 2010 The Introduction made the point that this is not a coffee-table picture book. But it will appeal to the interested layperson who is curious about how structures work and about the factors influencing their development over several millennia. It would also be useful background reading for students of architecture and building (and even of engineering, if you don't tell your professor). -- Peter R. Smith Architectural Science Review 2010 Denny's new book is perfused with this sense of excitement... It is to be recommended. -- Len Fisher Physics World 2011 Recommended. Choice 2011 This would be a good book to add to the school or department library, and anyone who is interested in the design of structures should find it an interesting read. -- Miriam Chaplin School Science Review 2010

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