How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower

Capstone. Aug. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781684464784.
Gr 2-4–When the Eiffel Tower was first erected for the 1889 World’s Fair, the citizens of Paris hated it. Only after construction was complete did they embrace its unique structure. However, the agreement with the city officials was to tear the tower down after 20 years. To keep his creation standing, architect Gustave Eiffel scrambled to make the tower practically useful. He installed a modern weather station at the top. He used it to help measure the physics of wind to figure out the aerodynamics of air travel. He even made it into a radio-transmitting tower. Once people accepted it as both architecturally unique and useful, they decided to keep it. The book’s text clearly conveys the complex attitudes at the time. Illustrations do a wonderful job depicting 19th-century Paris. The tower is exquisitely rendered in all phases of construction, and so are the bickering citizens of Paris. Visirin’s artwork is reminiscent of David Roberts’s intricate linework.
VERDICT Add to large nonfiction collections in need of unique perspectives on world landmarks.

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