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comment by kleinbl00

wasoxygen  ·  2551 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's quite a website. The page on cable bridges suggests that the strange 30-year pattern of disaster in bridges using new technology reported by Henry Petroski has not claimed a cable-stayed bridge around the year 2000 as feared.

1847 Dee Bridge (trussed girder)

1879 Tay Bridge (truss)

1907 Quebec Bridge (cantilever)

1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge (suspension)

1970 West Gate Bridge, Cleddau Bridge (steel box-girder)

kleinbl00  ·  2551 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Petrowski is a hero. If you haven't read his books, you oughtta. I'd start with "the evolution of ordinary things."

wasoxygen  ·  2551 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I agree, while I found Engineers of Dreams more grand, he is best when doing his version of "How It's Made" for paperclips and pencils.

The New Science of Strong Materials was an unexpectedly fascinating book in the genre, discovered on an old Top Ten List.