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Recommended: Wind Wizard

Siobhan Roberts, Wind Wizard, Alan G. Davenport, Wind Engineering


Wind Wizard: Alan G. Davenport and the Art of Wind Engineering
by Siobhan Roberts
Princeton University Press, 2012 (($29.95))

The dramatic undulations and final collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 demonstrated the power of wind and impelled a new discipline of wind engineering. Alan G. Davenport led the field with his meticulous science and innovative wind tunnel. Journalist Roberts delves into Davenport's portfolio of superlatives, which includes the world's tallest bridge, France's Millau Viaduct.

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