Imagine you woke up one morning to find everything created by engineers had disappeared. What would you see? No cars, no houses; no phones, roads, tunnels, or skyscrapers. The impact that engineering has had on the human experience is undeniable, but it is also often invisible.
Join award-winning Structural Engineer Roma Agrawal for a unique look at the history of engineering and how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to the towering glass and steel skyscrapers of today.
In her critically-acclaimed book Built, Agrawal reveals the extraordinary secret lives of structures. She tells stories of the visionaries who have tunnelled through mountains and bridged rivers; created the ground-breaking materials in the Pantheon’s concrete dome and developed the frame of the record-breaking Ei el Tower.
Roma makes the complex principles of structural engineering accessible to everyone with clear explanations and engaging illustrations. It has made me suddenly look at every building I pass by in a new way!
- Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist at NASA