Building Big with David Macaulay: Bridges

Building Big with David Macaulay: Bridges

Director: Larry Klein Cast: David Macaulay


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David Macaulay, the renowned author/ illustrator of The Way Things Work, has a knack for demystifying mechanical structures by explaining the engineering, physics, and human ingenuity that have gone into their design -- although in sum, his explanations usually make the man-made world seem ever more curious and phenomenal. In WGBH Boston's Building Big series, Macaulay visits the world's great architectural structures to tell their stories and the stories of the men who built them; here he discusses Brooklyn's famous suspension bridge and the engineer who never saw his biggest project to completion, the Golden Gate Bridge's history and the unique construction that allows it to withstand nature's fury, as well as the Firth of Forth Railway Bridge in Scotland -- whose cantilevered design was inspired by a human tragedy. The video also includes a mini bridge-making activity.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
UPC: 0783421322899
Original Release: 2000
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Time: 1:06:00
Sales rank: 49,020

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators and parents; Access to the Building Big Web Site; Scene selection; Closed captions

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [3:49]
2. Roman Bridges [5:42]
3. Iron Bridges [5:57]
4. Trusses [5:22]
5. The Brooklyn Bridge [14:25]
6. The Golden Gate Bridge [11:51]
7. Environmental Loads [6:52]
8. Building Small: Bridges [12:02]

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