This new flexi edition of an architectural and historical journey across the world's greatest bridges explains why these structures continue to fascinate us as examples of engineering genius and artistic vision. Starting with ancient bridges built by the Mongol and Roman Empires through to today's most striking examples of bridges, this book examines the history, legends, and people behind the world's most fascinating bridges. Stunning double-page spreads filled with photographs, plans, drawings, and informative texts deepen the reader's appreciation of the science and technology of bridge building. The book also introduces historic events in which bridges have played a central role, profiles the figures who commissioned and built the bridges and offers surprising re-examinations of some of the world's most familiar bridges. Bridges included are: Tarr Steps; Ponte Vecchio; Charles Bridge; Zig-Zag Bridge; Pont Neuf; Bridge of Sighs; Iron Bridge; Clifton Suspension Bridge; Forth Bridge; Tower Bridge; Sydney Harbour Bridge; Golden Gate Bridge; Bridge over the River Kwai; Bosphorous Bridge; and Millau Viaduct.
"Bridges that Changed the World" is a celebration of our steadfast desire to connect with and discover the world around us.
Bernhard Graf, a scholar and art historian who has written numerous books, is the co-author of Buildings that Changed the World and Paintings that Changed the World (both Prestel).