'... this book is a delight for the student of architecture, engineering, history, and art. Visually, this slim volume ... is elegant ... will appeal to a wide readership, both technical and artistic ... The book is clearly written, meticulously illustrated, and beautifully bound. The author's fascination and love of this subject is infectious.' M. A. Erki, Applied Mechanics Review
Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1996. '... one of the most fascinating books on structural engineering that this reviewer has read in recent years.' S. C. Anand, Choice
'... many clear illustrations complement the scholarly text ... unites and updates much that has been published elsewhere. Excellent for structural engineers, whether students or practitioners.' New Scientist
What is the timescale for the settlement and cracking of an old stone building? And how do the elegant flying buttresses of a Gothic cathedral safely transfer thrust to the foundations? These and many other questions are answered in this clear and authoritative guide for structural engineers, practising architects and others involved in the renovation and care of old stone buildings.