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Feature: Bridges and Historical Lessons


Henry Petroski uses the example of several bridge construction projects to illustrate the importance to engineers of history and historical lessons in this article from Prism magazine, Oct. 2006.

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Feature: East River Pioneer

Emily Roebling was a proper Victorian wife, determined to remain in her husband’s shadow. Yet she became one of the world’s earliest female pioneers in engineering. Emily Roebling, as much as any single person, was responsible for the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Website: The Brooklyn Bridge on PBS

The PBS documentary on the Brooklyn Bridge was the first produced by Ken Burns, in 1982. This related PBS website offers a timeline on the design and building of the bridge, other on-line resources, and a educators’ page with lesson ideas.

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