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Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America

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Publisher Comments:

Petroski reveals the science and engineering (not to mention the politics, egotism, and sheer magic) behind America's great bridges, particularly those constructed during the great bridge-building era starting in the 1870s and continuing through the 1930s. It is the story of the men and women who built the St. Louis, the George Washington, and the Golden Gate bridges, drawing not only on their mastery of numbers but on their gifts for persuasion and self-promotion. It is an account of triumphs and ignominious disasters (including the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which literally twisted itself apart in a high wind). And throughout this grandly engaging book, Petroski lets us see how bridges became the "symbols and souls" of our civilization, as well as testaments to their builders' vision, ingenuity, and perseverance.

Review:

"Seamlessly linked....With astonishing scope and generosity of view, Mr. Petroski places the tradition of American bridge-building in perspective." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[D]elightful dilations about technology....A fascinating raconteur of ambitions and structural successes and failures, Petroski elevates these vaulting bridges into the epics and icons their builders intended." Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

Review:

"Skillful....A paean to the delicate balance of art and science that the best bridges represent." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Petroski...is one of the better scientist-writers around, and this book is in several ways his best....Excellent for general collections and perfect for collections in the applied arts and sciences." Library Journal

About the Author

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. He is the author of nine other books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679760214
Author:
Petroski, Henry
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - Civil
Subject:
Applied Sciences
Subject:
Civil
Subject:
Civil engineering
Subject:
Bridges
Subject:
Civil engineers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Bridges -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Civil engineers -- United States.
Subject:
Bridges - United States - History
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
October 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW ART THROUGHOUT
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.00x5.24x1.04 in. 1.03 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679760214 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Seamlessly linked....With astonishing scope and generosity of view, Mr. Petroski places the tradition of American bridge-building in perspective."
"Review" by , "[D]elightful dilations about technology....A fascinating raconteur of ambitions and structural successes and failures, Petroski elevates these vaulting bridges into the epics and icons their builders intended."
"Review" by , "Skillful....A paean to the delicate balance of art and science that the best bridges represent."
"Review" by , "Petroski...is one of the better scientist-writers around, and this book is in several ways his best....Excellent for general collections and perfect for collections in the applied arts and sciences."
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