Suspension Bridges—The Battle of the Cable
Lecture no. 15 from the course: Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Taught by Professor Stephen Ressler | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
After learning the science behind suspension bridges, begin your two-lecture look at these structural marvels. Here, relive the "Battle of the Cable," in which 19th-century engineers struggled over whether to build suspension cables from iron chains (as in England's Menai Strait Bridge) or steel wire (as in the Brooklyn Bridge).