One of the great minds of the 19th century, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was responsible for some of the most impressive engineering feats of his day. By the age of 26, he had been appointed chief engineer of the Great Western Railway, linking Bristol to London. His love of steamships led him to build a series of revolutionary vessels, including the Great Britain--the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. Illustrated with a wealth of blueprints, drawings, and rare photographs, celebrated British television personality Jeremy Clarkson's new biography tracks the life and achievements of this Victorian-era genius. A fascinating portrait of ambition and innovation, Clarkson's book provides ample evidence to support the claim that Brunel was indeed "the man who built the world."
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Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular series THE BEST BUILDINGS OF BRITAIN and AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY TREASURES. Steven Brindle is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Brunel and is famed for discovering and saving Brunel's 'lost' iron bridge at Paddington. Steven Brindle is a celebrated author and historian. He is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Brunel and is famed for discovering and saving Brunel's 'lost' iron bridge at Paddington. His previous books include the critically acclaimed PADDINGTON STATION: ITS HISTORY AND ARCHITECTUREFrom Publishers Weekly:
The title, at first, seems impossibly hyperbolic, because it is: Isambard Kingdom Brunel did not, in fact, build the world. However, the things he did build-steamships, bridges, tunnels, train stations-are staggering feats that continue to influence civil engineering today. This book's strength lies in its well thought-out organization: rather than a play-by-play recount of Brunel's life and times, the author organizes chapters according to different genres of his work, separating, for instance, railways from bridges and "The Three Great Ships." Exquisite historical photos, including elegantly rendered fold-out illustrations depicting the plan Brunel drew for the Thames Tunnel, give remarkable insight into the mind of the engineer and his preparation for the project. But, as evidenced by the book's overblown subtitle, the writing suffers lapses into hyperbole: "Brunel's genius had conceived her, his charisma had foisted this vision onto his dazzled contemporaries, including Scott Russell, and lured the money out of their pockets," Brindle writes of the steamship Great Eastern. Brindle, ever the steadfastly enthusiastic guide, in loading this book with illustrations and reproductions, has given engineers and history buffs much to appreciate. 100 color illustrations, 50 b/w photos.
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Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110297844083