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Cancelled Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures

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While structures such as the Giza pyramids, Brunelleschi’s dome, and the Brooklyn Bridge are visual spectacles, our study group will concentrate on the engineering principles behind their structure and appearance. This study group is based on Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity, (The Great Courses 2011). In twenty-four video lectures, Professor Stephen Ressler of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a civil engineer, will take us on a fascinating and richly illustrated tour that deftly blends history and science to create an unforgettable survey of our world’s most remarkable structural masterpieces. He will demonstrate the stresses and forces which structures must resist. We will show only two videos per class and pause the videos at significant points to facilitate discussion and understanding of important topics. Architect Fred Gleave will devote a class period to a presentation of how the design of recent structures in Chicago and elsewhere have been affected by engineering considerations. One of our sessions will be an optional boat tour of downtown Chicago.


Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Fred Gleave2.Lisa D'Angelo3.Bruce Marx4.Ken Schulein 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/4/2020 - 6/3/2020 Weekly - Wed 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Ken Schulein  ; Bruce Marx  ; Lisa D'Angelo  ; Fred Gleave