JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
I don't have that much to say about the series of images that I found in the 5 December 1908 issue of Scientific American--except for "Wow!" Sometimes that is about all I can manage, and that's fine. (Richard Feynman, on witnessing the Alamogordo test shot in the desert in 1945, simply said "hot dog!", which was quite a distance away from Oppenheimer's reaction, and one which I like more.) Anyway, opening up the volume and by chance opening to this full-pager was very pleasantly surprising, and this from a journal which was very successful in achieving their constant goal of being "surprising".
And as you can well see, "wow" can be shared:
The bird's-eye view has a peculiar 3D sense to it--you could make any of the bridges pop to life by changing your angle of perspective, like so:
And that was just the first page. There was much more, from lovely panoramas to arresting cross sections:
And let me remind you that Scientific American was a big magazine, a good 16"x12", so the double-page display was pretty impressive:
And a couple of the cross sections:
Simply a wonderful issue.