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The Resource Engineers of dreams : great bridge builders and the spanning of America, Henry Petroski

Engineers of dreams : great bridge builders and the spanning of America, Henry Petroski

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Engineers of dreams : great bridge builders and the spanning of America
Title
Engineers of dreams
Title remainder
great bridge builders and the spanning of America
Statement of responsibility
Henry Petroski
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In his previous books, Henry Petroski has initiated us into the hidden mysteries of such everyday artifacts as the lead pencil, the paper clip, the zipper, and the Post-it note. Now, with Engineers of Dreams, he makes a jump in scale to contemplate those "dry paths" across the rivers and inlets of our cities, those "hard crossings" over the gulches and ravines of our countrysides, those eminently practical but inescapably aesthetic edifices that persist in taking our breath away (when we're not taking them for granted): bridges." "The great era of American bridge building - which from the 1870s through the 1930s gave us such landmarks as the Eads Bridge across the Mississippi, the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River, the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson, and the Golden Gate Bridge at the mouth of San Francisco Bay - called for a special breed of engineer: equal parts dreamer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Since the building of any bridge is necessarily a collaborative effort, engineers of dissimilar philosophies and all-too-similar egos were thrown together on project after project, making for an ongoing, interwoven human and technological drama."--Jacket
  • "In his previous books, Henry Petroski has initiated us into the hidden mysteries of such everyday artifacts as the lead pencil, the paper clip, the zipper, and the Post-it note. Now, with Engineers of Dreams, he makes a jump in scale to contemplate those "dry paths" across the rivers and inlets of our cities, those "hard crossings" over the gulches and ravines of our countrysides, those eminently practical but inescapably aesthetic edifices that persist in taking our breath away (when we're not taking them for granted): bridges." "The great era of American bridge building - which from the 1870s through the 1930s gave us such landmarks as the Eads Bridge across the Mississippi, the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River, the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson, and the Golden Gate Bridge at the mouth of San Francisco Bay - called for a special breed of engineer: equal parts dreamer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Since the building of any bridge is necessarily a collaborative effort, engineers of dissimilar philosophies and all-too-similar egos were thrown together on project after project, making for an ongoing, interwoven human and technological drama."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Petroski, Henry
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bridges
  • Bridges
  • Civil engineers
Label
Engineers of dreams : great bridge builders and the spanning of America, Henry Petroski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [429]-449) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Imagine -- Eads -- Cooper -- Lindenthal -- Ammann -- Steinman -- Realize
Control code
31815372
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 479 pages
Isbn
9780679439394
Lccn
94048893
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1679129
Label
Engineers of dreams : great bridge builders and the spanning of America, Henry Petroski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [429]-449) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Imagine -- Eads -- Cooper -- Lindenthal -- Ammann -- Steinman -- Realize
Control code
31815372
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 479 pages
Isbn
9780679439394
Lccn
94048893
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1679129

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