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Collapse: Why Buildings Fall Down

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  1 review
Using expert testimonies from scientific investigators, Wearne studies eleven high-profile cases of catastrophic structural collapse. Sometimes these disasters have an unpredictable mechanical cause, such as the miniscule defect in the metal of one eyebar of the Point Pleasant Bridge on the Ohio River that caused the deaths of forty-six people. Usually, though, and more al ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published December 10th 1999 by Channel 4 Books (first published February 10th 1999)
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Neat Book! Very easy to follow along even if your don't much about engineering. The author goes out of his way to explain in plain English the specific engineering design and construction terms that are introduced throughout the book, and use many easy to understand diagrams to further illustrate how these various structures failed.

When I told a Goodreader friend that I was reading this, she commented that if she read it she would likely be too afraid to ever go inside any building for fear it m
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