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Books in the Library

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Building Big - David MacAulay
Call Number: OVR 721 M117b
ISBN: 0395963311
Publication Date: 2000.

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Why Buildings Fall Down - Matthys Levy; Kevin Woest (Illustrator); Mario Salvadori
Call Number: 690.21 L668w
ISBN: 039331152X
Publication Date: 2002

Good Websites for Stone Arches

  • Arch (illustrated article from Access Science)
    This technical article shows different types of arches and the forces at play in their construction. (Access Science requires that you be on campus or logged in; email the librarians for the password if you are off campus.)
  • Physics of Stone Arches (PBS/NOVA)
    This is a fun interactive arch-building activity, though the editors note that "does not completely reflect real-world physics."
  • Arch Bridge (PBS)
    David Macaulay explains how arches keep from falling with some fun illustrations.

Exploring Arch Design

Stonemason Mike Haduck of Pennsylvania demonstrates step by step how he constructs a stone arch over a fireplace. 

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