Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
Introduced by Jonathan Glancey
J. E. Gordon reveals the unseen forces that hold up buildings, bridges and aeroplanes – but also animals, plants and humans. From space travels to the complexity of the human body – all the answers are here.
‘Practically everything,’ says J. E. Gordon, ‘is a structure of one kind or another.’ Structures: or Why Things Don’t Fall Down reveals the unseen forces that hold up buildings, bridges and aeroplanes – but also animals, plants and human beings. How do our tendons work? What do Chinese boats have in common with the wings of a bat? Why did the ancients take the wheels off their chariots at night? How did a Parisian couturier’s designs contribute to space travel and military technology? The answers are all here in this engrossing narrative.
Bound in buckram blocked with a design by Adam McCauley
Set in Sabon
Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates
9½˝ x 6¼˝