Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common Man-Made Material

While most humans live in a world surrounded by concrete, few truly know and understand what it is. Even though it both literally and figuratively makes up much of modern civilization's built environment, it is taken or granted. This book delves into the history of concrete, describing how some of the most famous personalities of history, such as King Herod, Roman emperor Hadrian, Thomas Edison and Frank Lloyd Wright, became involved in its development and use. While initially viewed as a novelty or only useful for a narrow range of applications when rediscovered (after the fall of the Roman Empire when it was popular) in the late 18th century, it wasn't until the end of the 19th century that the use of concrete exploded. At that time, industry lobbyists tried to hide the fact that modern concrete was subject to critical shortcomings and defects, which, unlike its Roman predecessor, it did, in fact, possess. Unfortunately, it is known to disintegrate with age, and the it is a major contributor to global warming in its manufacture. The infrastructure upon which modern civilization depends lends itself in this book to a variety of stories, characters, surprising facts and insights.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 396p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01484978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781616144814
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2013 5:09PM