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The Golden Gate Bridge

Cool Idea: Suspension Bridges

Why do you think the Golden Gate Bridge looks the way it does? The way it stretches so gracefully into the sky, it looks as much like sculpture as anything else. Were the designers just showing off?

The Golden Gate Bridge is a particularly beautiful example (maybe the most beautiful example in the world) of a suspension bridge. And it's not just for show! Let's see how the idea of such a beautiful structure comes about naturally in bridge-building.

Next: Building a Bridge

Robert E. Thurman <thurman@geom.umn.edu>