Our digital library has added a new entry to the Juanelo Turriano Collection on the History of Engineering, a book authored by Eduardo Díaz-Pavón Cuaresma entitled El hundimiento del tercer depósito del Canal de Isabel II en 1905 [Collapse of Canal de Isabel II water deposit three in 1905].
In his study, Díaz-Pavón analyses the failure of the roof over Canal de Isabel II water deposit three in Madrid, a tragic worksite accident in 1905 in which 30 people lost their lives. Despite the enormous controversy prompted at a time when concrete was still a new material with growing acceptance, the involvement of some of the grandees of the day ensured that the affair would soon be all but forgotten. The research described in this book sheds light on the causes of the accident, while stressing the historical importance of (and especially the historical errors in) engineers’ training.
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