New PDF release: Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the

By Robert Courland,Dennis Smith

ISBN-10: 1616144815

ISBN-13: 9781616144814

Concrete: We use it for our constructions, bridges, dams, and roads. We stroll on it, force on it, and lots of folks stay and paintings inside of its partitions. yet only a few folks recognize what it's. We take with no consideration this ubiquitous substance, which either actually and figuratively includes a lot of contemporary civilization’s developed surroundings; but the tale of its production and improvement encompasses a forged of attention-grabbing characters and memorable ancient episodes. This e-book delves into this background, starting readers’ eyes at each turn.

In a full of life narrative peppered with fascinating info, writer Robert Corland describes how probably the most recognized personalities of historical past turned desirous about the advance and use of concrete—including King Herod the good of Judea, the Roman emperor Hadrian, Thomas Edison (who as soon as owned the biggest concrete cement plant within the world), and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Courland issues to fresh archaeological facts suggesting that the invention of concrete at once resulted in the Neolithic Revolution and the increase of the earliest civilizations. a lot later, the Romans reached terribly excessive criteria for concrete creation, showcasing their fulfillment in iconic constructions just like the Coliseum and the Pantheon. Amazingly, with the autumn of the Roman Empire, the secrets and techniques of concrete production have been misplaced for over a millennium.

The writer explains that once concrete was once rediscovered within the overdue eighteenth century it was once first and foremost seen as a fascinating novelty or, at most sensible, a really expert construction fabric compatible just for a slim variety of functions. It was once simply towards the top of the 19th century that using concrete exploded. in this quick enlargement, lobbyists attempted to cover the truth that sleek concrete had sure defects and significant shortcomings. it's now well-known that glossy concrete, not like its Roman predecessor, progressively disintegrates with age. Compounding this challenge is one other distressing truth: the manufacture of concrete cement is a huge contributor to worldwide warming.

Concrete Planet is full of extraordinary tales, interesting characters, mind-blowing evidence, and an array of interesting insights into the construction fabric that types the foundation of the infrastructure on which we depend.

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