Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sandvold, Lynette Brent. Revolution in Construction.

Sandvold, Lynette Brent. Revolution in Construction
Marshall Cavendish/Benchmark 2010 32p 28.50
978-0-7614-4378-0 elem VG-BNes It Works(MC)

Explaining developments in construction by highlighting the people who dreamed the innovations. The science behind the innovations is introduced with simple experiments for the student to try. Bigger, better, bolder - the theme of developments in construction throughout history is the premise of this volume. The people behind each innovation are presented in text and thought bubbles. The science that makes each innovation possible is explained and can be tested by the reader in simple experiments. Text includes Imhotep and the building of the pyramids, Henry Bessemer and his steel process, Buckminster Fuller and the geodesic dome, John Roebling and wire rope, Fred Beaumont and tunnel digging, and Malcolm McLean and containerized freight.
There is a timeline of the innovations and major construction achievements, a glossary, sources to learn more, and simple index.
The experiments are clearly detailed with simple to follow directions, Most of the illustrations are cartoon style with photographs for the constructions .
This text introduces several lesser know innovators in the construction field. Their brief biographical information is extremely valuable. This value is only enhanced by the scientific experiments that are included. Recommended for elementary schools. Theal, Joan

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