Brunel: The Man Who Built the World (Phoenix Press)
A celebration of the life and engineering achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by two of the world's foremost authorities.
In his lifetime, Isambard Kingdom Brunel towered over his profession. Today, he remains the most famous engineer in history, the epitome of the volcanic creative forces which brought about the Industrial Revolution - and brought modern society in...more
Designed with the reader in mind, Brunel: The Man Who Built The World is split into chapters that document the key elements of his career; Early Life, Railways, Ships, etc. Giv ...more
Brief coverage of his achievements and his not so successful experiments such as the atmospheric railway.
Not overly technical which other books on similar subjects are but seems to lack more detail on how he built or came up with some of his great achievements such as the Saltash Bridge and most of the GWR.
Worth a quick ...more
However it’s short and concise so any of the heavy information isn’t heavily detailed and you get a sense of him and his family in this book.
The book brings useful information (many times 'dry) about both Brunel´s, Marc and Isambard. Mostly concerning the last.
When I visit Britain, I will surely look for to visit some of his projects, like the SS Great Britain in Briston.
It also fits a gap often missing in biography, between a couple of paragraphs and a 400-page tome. This is almost 300 pages, but with the many illustr ...more