Super Structures The Science of Bridges, Buildings, Dams, and Other Feats of Engineering

ISBN-10: 0801894379
ISBN-13: 9780801894374
Edition: 2010
Authors: Mark Denny
List price: $33.00
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List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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.Praise for Mark Denny"Denny's wry humor is fun to read and made me laugh out loud." -- Mark Kidger, author of Astronomical Enigmas"Denny largely sheds the complexity of mathematical constructs, distilling their most salient features into a more qualitative understanding of radar and sonar systems." -- Choice"Indeed, Denny's writing is anything but dry and boring. He adeptly explains complex subject matter and does so with relatively simple language and minimal use of symbolic notation." -- Bat Research News

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Heavyweight Engineering
Building Blocks
Truss in All Things High
Towers of Strength
Arches and Domes
A Bridge Too Far
Dam It
The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Fall
Afterword: Highbrow Engineering, Heavyweight Art
Technical Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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