- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (25 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408870355
- ISBN-13: 978-1408870358
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.7 x 23.3 cm
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Imagine you woke up one morning to find everything created by engineers had disappeared. What would you see?
No cars, no houses; no phones, bridges or roads. No tunnels under tidal rivers, no soaring skyscrapers. The impact that engineering has had on the human experience is undeniable, but it is also often invisible.
In BUILT, structural engineer Roma Agrawal takes a unique look at how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach hundreds of metres into the sky. She unearths how engineers have tunnelled through kilometres of solid mountains; how they've bridged across the widest and deepest of rivers, and tamed Nature's precious - and elusive - water resources. She tells vivid tales of the visionaries who created the groundbreaking materials in the Pantheon's record-holding concrete dome and the frame of the record-breaking Eiffel Tower. Through the lens of an engineer, Roma examines tragedies like the collapse of the Quebec Bridge, highlighting the precarious task of ensuring people's safety they hold at every step.
With colourful stories of her life-long fascination with buildings - and her own hand-drawn illustrations - Roma reveals the extraordinary secret lives of structures.
A fascinating celebration of the impact that structural engineering has on all our lives.[an] eye-opening book (The Sunday Times)
Agrawal has a gift for rendering complex phenomena in simple terms...a real treat (Financial Times)
[Agrawal] weaves accessible explanations of scientific principles together with engaging historical stories and personal anecdotes.[a] timely and impassioned book (Guardian)
Agrawal is a rarity: a female structural engineer in an adamantly male profession . She will inspire young women who are considering a career in engineering . [S]he shines when explaining the sorts of things people might be too shy to admit they find inherently fascinating (New York Times Book Review)
In Built... [Agrawal] delves into the history of her discipline through Brunel's tunnels and Bazalgette's sewers and lingers tactfully over the hidden flaws and engineering disasters of the past from which so much has been learned (Times Literary Supplement)
Agrawal has just launched her first book, Built, the latest salvo in her crusade to get us to see the world "through different eyes, the eyes of an engineer" (i Magazine)
This fascination is communicated with flair and passion in a highly engaging debut book that will appeal to the engineer and the inquisitive layperson alike (E&T Magazine)
A wonderfully absorbing book about an engineer and her passion for construction (Professor Mark Miodownik, materials engineer, broadcaster and author of Stuff Matters)
Roma makes the complex principles of structural engineering accessible to everyone with clear explanations and engaging illustrations. It has made me suddenly look at every building I pass in a new way (Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist at NASA)
A charming tribute to one woman's love of engineering. Full of fascinating facts and personal stories (Angela Saini, author of Geek Nation)
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