Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori are the editors of "Why Buildings Fall Down How Structures Fail".
- The First Structural Failure.
- Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street.
- Will the Pantheon Stand Up Forever?
- For Lack of Redundancy.
- Big Bangs.
- The Day the Earth Shook.
- Galloping Gertie.
- When Metals Tire.
- Thruways to Eternity.
- The Weaknesses of Mother Earth.
- Valley of Tears.
- The House of Cards.
- Structural Dermatology.
- Old-Age Death.
- The Worst Structural Disaster in the United States.
- The Politics of Destruction.
- The Structure of the Law.
- Conclusion: Can We Prevent Future Failures?
It seemed almost unavoidable that having written a book entitled Why Buildings Stand Up, I should be pushed by my friends (and my wonderfully friendly editor, Edwin Barber) to write another calledwhat else?
Why Buildings Fall Down. I have at long last given in to the temptation of explaining structural failures in lay language,
a simple but exciting task, but only because the coauthor of another of my books, Matthys Levy, a master of structural design, has enthusiastically accepted to write it with me.
He and I can apply eighty-five years of design and teaching experience, and sixty of investigations into structural failures, to the job of helping us relieve the fears of the uninitiated,
while taking the reader on an interesting and, we hope, entertaining trip that will make the reader see buildings as never before: with a clear understanding of why they stand up and why, yes, but once in a blue moon, they fall down.
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