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|Secret engineer : how Emily Roebling built the Brooklyn Bridge|
Author: Dougherty, Rachel
A biography of Emily Roebling that weaves together engineering, feminism, and one of the most iconic landmarks in the world: the Brooklyn Bridge.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2019 Continuing the trend of STEM-centric picture-book biographies, this text-rich title tells of Emily Warren Roebling, who saw the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge through to its arduous completion. Much like that of Hedy Lamarr or Ada Lovelace, Roebling's legacy has long remained in the shadow of male contemporaries. Dougherty begins with young Emily's interest in math and science, a keenness which follows her into her marriage to engineer Washington Roebling, who took over the construction of the bridge after the death of his father, chief engineer John Roebling. When Washington falls ill with decompression sickness, Emily finds herself thrust into the world of engineering—still very much the world of men. Dougherty's illustrations are bright and communicative, patiently illustrating the science behind the bridge's construction. Particularly delightful are the sprawling double-page spreads of the bridge's final stages, which seem to grow grander and more imposing as young Emily finds her footing and confidence. A bittersweet, stirring tale of a woman ahead of her time, with substantial back matter and a glossary for budding engineers. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.