Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 3

The Arch

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 2005 on The History Channel
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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
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      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Rod Pyle
        Producer: Rod Pyle
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Aliza Pollack
        Edited: Andrew Corwin
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: John Knapp
        Researcher: Sean Heckman
        Researcher: Tom Barclay
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Michael Broome
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Giles Baker
        Camera: John Duffy
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Julye Newlin
        Camera: John Rose
        Field Audio: Eric Liner
        Field Audio: Rob Maerz
        Field Audio: Mike Marston
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Doug Whitney
        Historical Consultant: Tony Ingraffea
        Historical Consultant: John Ochsendorf
        Historical Consultant: Thomas Sabol
        Historical Consultant: Mark Schultz

        Special Thanks:
        Henry Koffman
        Thomas Sabol

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC
        2005

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