Meet, and be inspired by, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the great British genius of civil engineering, as he tells his own incredible story. As a young boy, Brunel was taught by his father, the eminent engineer Marc Isambard Brunel. Brunel worked with his father on the famous Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel underneath a navigable river. Isambard went on to become a great innovator in civil engineering, creating many famous 'firsts' including the incredible Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain. He was also the great mind behind the Great Western Railway. Isambard Kingdom Brunel's story comes to life through BioViews®, which are short biographical narratives, similar to interviews. These inspirational stories from The Amazing People Club provide a new way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world.
Originally published in 1976, this book by a group of engineers, each distinguished for work in their field, describes the achievements of I. K. Brunel, the giant among nineteenth-century engineers, whose works include the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and three famous ships, Great Western, Great Britain and Great Eastern.
Engineering genius, technical innovator and one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, Isambard Kingdom Brunel changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions. L. T. C. Rolt's masterly biography is the definitive work on Brunel, tracing the life, times and monumental achivements of the man who helped to build modern Britain.
This series has been hugely successful and the new paperback of Isambard Kingdom Brunel is bound to invite even further triumphs Each title tells the life story of an eminent individual in simple language, with a superb array of photographs. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the greatest engineers of the nineteenth century and much of his work, from bridges and tunnels to shops and railways, is still standing today. This book describes how he came to be an engineer and some of the famous projects he worked on until his death in 1859. The photographs also provide an interesting insight into life in Victorian England.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Three names. Three people in one. Born in Portsmouth on 9 April 1806, there was Brunel the great engineer, who would habitually throw out the rule book of tradition and established practice, and start again with a blank sheet of paper, taking the technology of the day to its limits and then going another mile.Then there was Brunel the visionary, who knew that transport technology had the power to change the world, and that he had the ability to deliver those changes. Finally, there was Brunel the artist who rarely saw technology as just functional, and strove to entwine the fruits of the Industrial Revolution with the elegance and grace of the neo-classical painter. His bridges, tunnels and railway infrastructure have entered a third century of regular use, and the beauty of their design and structure has rarely been equalled. The three decades, from the 1830s to the 1850s, saw an explosion of technical excellence, and it was Brunel who in so many cases lit the blue touch paper. He did not always get it right first time, and it was left to others to reap the fruits of his many labours. Nevertheless, his actions fast-forwarded the march of progress by several decades.