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Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering

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Here are two dozen tales in the grand adventure of engineering from the Henry Petroski, who has been called America's poet laureate of technology. Pushing the Limits celebrates some of the largest things we have created-bridges, dams, buildings: and provides a startling new vision of engineering's past, its present, and its future. Along the way it highlights our greatest successes, like London's Tower Bridge; our most ambitious projects, like China's Three Gorges Dam; our most embarrassing moments, like the wobbly Millennium Bridge in London; and our greatest failures, like the collapse of the twin towers on September 11. Throughout, Petroski provides fascinating and provocative insights into the world of technology with his trademark erudition and enthusiasm for the subject.

About the Author

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. The author of eleven previous books, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Preface

BRIDGES

Art in Iron and Steel

Bridges of America

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Floating Bridges

Confederation Bridge

Pont de Normandie

Britannia Bridge

Tower Bridge

Drawing Bridges

An Eye-Opening Bridge

Millennium Legacies

Broken Bridges

New and Future Bridges

AND OTHER THINGS

Dorton Arena

Bilbao

Santiago Calatrava

Fazlur Khan

The Fall of Skyscrapers

Vanities of the Bonfire

St. Francis Dam

Three Gorges Dam

Fuel Cells

Engineers Dreams

Engineers Achievements

Acknowledgments and Bibliography

List of Illustrations and Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032945
Author:
Petroski, Henry
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Engineering
Subject:
Applied Sciences
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Subject:
Engineering -- History.
Subject:
Engineering-General Engineering
Subject:
engineering;science;design;technology;non-fiction;essays;bridges
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
7.96x5.26x.65 in. .61 lbs.

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