Concrete Planet

Concrete Planet

The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common Man-made Material

Book - 2011
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"...Filled with incredible stories, fascinating characters, surprising facts, and an array of intriguing insights into the building material that forms the basis of the infrastructure on which we depend" (Publishers].
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781616144814
1616144815
9781616144821
Branch Call Number: 620.136 COURLAN
Characteristics: 396 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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maroon_chicken
Jun 30, 2015

Very interesting, although there's not very much information on the specifics of how concrete is made.

unbalancedbutfair Oct 02, 2012

Though it did take me a bit to get through it, I learned a lot from this book. It's an excellent exposition of an old technology told in an interesting fashion. It is not nearly as dry as you would think. The stories of huge construction projects through the ages, advances and lies in the making and marketing of the substance. It's interesting to see the human element complicating even something as seemingly straightforward as engineering and building with concrete. Particularly interesting is the last 2 chapters of the book where he goes into some of the issues with our use of concrete compared to the romans' use of it. Equal parts terrifying and fascinating.

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