Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 3

The Arch

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 2005 on The History Channel
8.9
out of 10
User Rating
1 votes

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Write A Review

Episode Summary

EDIT
The Arch
AIRED:
Join us as we explore the vast and varied world of the arch, one of the strongest and most versatile structures made by man. Deceptively simple, an arch can support tremendous weight because its structure is compressed by pressure, and it provides a much more spacious opening than its predecessor--post and lintel construction. Although ancient Egyptians and Greeks experimented with the arch, the Romans perfected it. Medieval Arabs incorporated it into stunning mosque architecture, soon followed by Europe's great medieval churches. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the steel arch became a favorite of architects and structural engineers. Dam builders employed it horizontally, using the water behind the dam to provide the pressure to compress it. And tomorrow, the arch will continue to serve mankind in every form--from nanotechnology to domes on Mars and beyond.moreless

Episode Discussion

Join the discussion of this episode Episode Discussion

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

See All Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions Trivia & Quotes

Season 12 Episodes

See All
Ep 67
Nature Tech: Hurricanes
Ep 66
Walt Disney World
Ep 65
More Snackfood Tech
Ep 64
Weird Weapons: The Allies
Ep 63
More Hardware
Ep 62
Custom Cars
Ep 61
Da Vinci Tech
Ep 60
The Lumberyard
Ep 59
Brewing
Ep 58
Engineering Disasters 17
Ep 57
Secret Allied Aircraft ...
Ep 56
The Auto Shop
Ep 55
German Small Arms of WWII
Ep 54
F-117: Nighthawk Stealth
Ep 53
Cereal: History in a Bowl
Ep 52
Sugar
Ep 51
Coffee
Ep 49
HMS Victory
Ep 48
Nature Tech: Lightning
Ep 47
Wiring America
Ep 46
High Risk: Helicopter L...
Ep 45
B-2 Bomber
Ep 44
The World's Fastest
Ep 43
Route 66
Ep 42
Secret Luftwaffe Aircra...
Ep 42
Secret Luftwaffe Aircra...
more