Of Stones and Man: From the Pharaohs to the Present Day

Of Stones and Man: From the Pharaohs to the Present Day

Jean Kerisel


Of Stones and guy explores the numerous blunders of judgement made via civilizations either historical and sleek the world over. vanity and a penchant for extra drove mankind to construct ever better and extra formidable edifices. the writer analyzes those works from a systematic and historically-sensitive standpoint, highlighting the hydro-geological history to repeated notorious mess ups, from the faults inherent within the Sphinx to the leaning Tower of Pisa. fantastically illustrated all through, Of Stones and guy is a testomony to the impermanence of our environment. It questions how the earth and its assets have borne the cumulative burden put upon it over the a long time through one civilization after one other, and the way, in flip, the earth has exacted its inevitable revenge at the nice structures of our ancestors. Of Stones and guy is the ultimate paintings of Jean Kerisel (1908-2005) who served as President of the overseas Society for Soil Mechanics and beginning Engineering from 1973 to 1977, and who labored around the globe as a specialist on many formidable engineering initiatives. pushed through his nice ardour for old developers and Egyptology, Kerisel the following extends his expert wisdom into the nation-states of historic structure.

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