The Science of A Bridge Collapse

The Science of A Bridge Collapse

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This book discusses the science behind bridge collapses and their effects. The chapters examine historical bridge collapses, explain how bridges are designed and built, and show how scientists and engineers are working to prevent future collapses. Diagrams, charts, and photos provide opportunities to evaluate and understand the scientific concepts involved.
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Michigan : Cherry Lake Publishing, [2015]
ISBN: 9781631376238
Characteristics: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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SPL_Childrens Sep 19, 2016

A full review of this book can be found in the "Summary" section.
The review was published in the Stratford Gazette on Sept. 15, 2016.


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SPL_Childrens Sep 19, 2016

Fascinating facts, photos and graphics fill this book, which introduces and explains – using easy-to-understand language – what happens when a bridge collapses.
In the past, some of these catastrophes have been due to external forces (eg. floods, earthquakes), but some have been caused by design or construction error.
What scientific principles are used in designing and building a bridge? Equally as interesting: what have engineers and scientists learned from past bridge collapses to improve bridge safety?
The author, Nikole Bethea, is a licensed professional engineer who hopes, through her books, to inspire children’s interest in science and technology.
Her book is one in an engrossing new children’s series, Disaster Science, which includes such titles as The Science of a Plane Crash, The Science of a Hurricane, The Science of an Earthquake and The Science of a Volcanic Eruption.
** Recommended for ages 9 to 12.


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