ENGINEERS OF DREAMS: GREAT BRIDGE BUILDERS AND THE SPANNING OF AMERICA

This book tells the stories of engineers who have dreamed and engineers who have toiled, of bridges of celebrity and bridges of burden, and it is about the nature of technology in a human context. Some renowned engineers and some famous bridges have tended to overshadow their contemporaries and neighbors, but the full range of stories reveals that the lesser known engineers have been of no less importance in shaping our built environment. Indeed, the personalities of all kinds of engineers, with their faults and foibles coexisting with their dreams and designs, have played as much of a role as has their technical know-how in bringing familiar bridges to fruition. It is difficult to imagine a world without bridges. Bridges and cities go together, in large part because so many of our greatest cities were founded where they are precisely because of the proximity of water. Bridges define the approaches to cities, and passing over or under some of the world's great spans is an unforgettable experience.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 492 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0679439390
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 26 1996 12:00AM