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Bridges, their art, science, and evolution

Author: Charles S Whitney
Publisher: New York : Greenwich House : Distributed by Crown Publishers, 1983, ©1929.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the earliest times when bridges were just logs or stepping stones placed across streams or small gullies, to the modern era with its complicated, highly engineered structures of stone, concrete and steel, bridge building has evolved into a sophisticated marriage of architecture and engineering--an aesthetically pleasing blend of art and science. This illustrated study explores that evolution by examining the  Read more...
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Whitney, Charles S. (Charles Smith), 1892-
Bridges, their art, science, and evolution.
New York : Greenwich House : Distributed by Crown Publishers, 1983, ©1929
(OCoLC)768184981
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles S Whitney
ISBN: 0517402440 9780517402443
OCLC Number: 8954637
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: Bridges, a study in their art, science, and evolution. New York : W.E. Rudge, 1929.
Illustrated with photographs and drawings of old and new bridges of many lands.
Includes index.
Description: 360 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1: Art and science in bridge design --
The Roman genius --
The dark ages --
The Renaissance --
The eighteenth century --
The modern bridge --
Part 2: Influence of material on bridge forms --
Bridges of wood --
Bridges of stone --
Bridges of concrete --
Bridges of steel.
Responsibility: Charles S. Whitney ; with a new foreword by Larry Spiller.

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From the earliest times when bridges were just logs or stepping stones placed across streams or small gullies, to the modern era with its complicated, highly engineered structures of stone, concrete and steel, bridge building has evolved into a sophisticated marriage of architecture and engineering--an aesthetically pleasing blend of art and science. This illustrated study explores that evolution by examining the principles of bridge design and construction from the times of the Romans to the first decades of the twentieth century.

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