This book was written for those who love beautiful buildings and wonder
how they stand up.
Inspired by the constructive instinct of man, I have studied, taught,
and designed structures for a lifetime. I now write about them in the hope
of sharing with others my excitement and their beauty.
This book offers the reader both the history of some of the great
monuments of architecture and an explanation of why they stand up.
Chapters on architectural technology usually precede those about the
monuments made possible by a particular technology, but some may
prefer to read about architectural masterpieces before finding out why
they stand up.