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Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel. One of the most famous engineers the United Kingdom has ever produced. A man who put his stamp on his own country in the most visible way possible; through the construction of bridges and tunnels that stand to this day and by transforming both the landscape and the nature of society. In 2002, Brunel was voted the second Greatest Briton of al Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel. One of the most famous engineers the United Kingdom has ever produced. A man who put his stamp on his own country in the most visible way possible; through the construction of bridges and tunnels that stand to this day and by transforming both the landscape and the nature of society. In 2002, Brunel was voted the second Greatest Briton of all time in a BBC survey, second only to Winston Churchill and putting names such as Darwin, Shakespeare, and Newton behind him. In 2006, numerous events were held across the United Kingdom in celebration of Brunel


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Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel. One of the most famous engineers the United Kingdom has ever produced. A man who put his stamp on his own country in the most visible way possible; through the construction of bridges and tunnels that stand to this day and by transforming both the landscape and the nature of society. In 2002, Brunel was voted the second Greatest Briton of al Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel. One of the most famous engineers the United Kingdom has ever produced. A man who put his stamp on his own country in the most visible way possible; through the construction of bridges and tunnels that stand to this day and by transforming both the landscape and the nature of society. In 2002, Brunel was voted the second Greatest Briton of all time in a BBC survey, second only to Winston Churchill and putting names such as Darwin, Shakespeare, and Newton behind him. In 2006, numerous events were held across the United Kingdom in celebration of Brunel

30 review for Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Many children have been rumored to have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths; Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born with a T-square and compass. His father, Marc Isambard Brunel was born near Rouen, France on April 25, 1769 (the same year as Napoleon Bonaparte). At a very early age, he displayed an aptitude for mathematics and mechanics. During the French Revolution, he fled France, eventually taking up residence in England. He was involved in many engineering projects, as well as designing Many children have been rumored to have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths; Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born with a T-square and compass. His father, Marc Isambard Brunel was born near Rouen, France on April 25, 1769 (the same year as Napoleon Bonaparte). At a very early age, he displayed an aptitude for mathematics and mechanics. During the French Revolution, he fled France, eventually taking up residence in England. He was involved in many engineering projects, as well as designing many inventions. In retrospect, one could say that he was successful at what he accomplished, but it didn’t translate into monetary wealth. He even spent a short time in debtor’s prison. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born in Portsea, near Portsmouth on April 9, 1806. Like his father, Brunel showed an aptitude in engineering. He attended schools both in and outside of England. At this time, with the Napoleonic Wars over and relative peace on the horizon, the Western World was more than ready to enter a new phase of development, the Industrial Revolution. With the stage set, it was time to introduce the cast. Brunel was destined to be a star. Superseding the mere architect, a new breed of craftsmen was emerging, the civil engineers. This new science combined architecture with the practical appliance (railroads, bridges, tunnels, waterways, and docks). Brunel projects such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Maidenhead Bridge, Bristol Temple Meads, and the Royal Albert Bridge are still standing and operating today; a true testament to an engineering genius. Isambard Brunel was truly a man of his times. The countless inventions and projects that can be attached to his name are more than impressive. Necessity is the mother of invention is the perfect axiom for Brunel. During the early and mid-Victorian age, manufacturing was booming, as was the increase in transportation. Brunel was the perfect man to expedite these phenomena’s. This short book is a mere taste of a scrumptious meal of history. It is sure to inspire many readers to delve deeper into the life of this truly remarkable man.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anirudh Parthasarathy

    This is a short biography on the 19th Century British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was ranked number 2 in BBC’s list of 100 Greatest Britons back in 2002, second only to Winston Churchill. The book starts with his background, and as to how his father himself was an engineer, from whom Isambard developed the interest in engineering. It goes on to describe his attempts at building the Thames Tunnel (a project which failed), the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol and the Western Railway This is a short biography on the 19th Century British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was ranked number 2 in BBC’s list of 100 Greatest Britons back in 2002, second only to Winston Churchill. The book starts with his background, and as to how his father himself was an engineer, from whom Isambard developed the interest in engineering. It goes on to describe his attempts at building the Thames Tunnel (a project which failed), the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol and the Western Railway line. The book also described as to how Isambard was very keen on publicising all his constructions, having grand foundation and inauguration events. The multi-faceted nature of Isambard was also brought out, wherein, he was a civil engineer, an inventor and also, a ship builder, which is quite difficult in modern times as people expect extreme levels of specialisation. So, there was a fair effort in bringing all these aspects of Isambard through a short biography. However, the man was an engineer, and to explain his marvels better, you do need illustrations and maps (especially for the Western Railway), so that the reader would be able to appreciate as to why it was difficult to build the structures back then. Thus, the book seemed like a plain narrative which could perhaps have been appreciated only by people who are still administering these structures or already have some knowledge on how they were built. I feel they took an interesting historical figure; I was always curious about him, one; for his strange name and  especially for;  when someone finishes ahead of Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare, Charles Darwin, Alexander Fleming or Alan Turing and still, I know very little about him as compared to the others, I felt I should definitely read up. From that perspective, I felt this book failed to deliver; all I got to know from this book are the names of his various projects and the short descriptions on the difficulties encountered proved to be insufficient. I would award the book a rating of one on five.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    I knew a small bit about Charles I and what happened but this book helped me understand just what was going on. Basically, he was pompous and figured he could do whatever he wanted. He seemed to have no respect for the way things were done in relation to Parliament and their government in general. He was a Calvinist, a scholar and may or may not have been gay. He was set up to get a Spanish wife but only if he converted to being a Catholic and that wouldn't have gone over very well in England. Wh I knew a small bit about Charles I and what happened but this book helped me understand just what was going on. Basically, he was pompous and figured he could do whatever he wanted. He seemed to have no respect for the way things were done in relation to Parliament and their government in general. He was a Calvinist, a scholar and may or may not have been gay. He was set up to get a Spanish wife but only if he converted to being a Catholic and that wouldn't have gone over very well in England. Whenever he wasn't going to get his way with Parliament he just suspended them and only called a new one when he needed money. After a while that stopped working so he shut Parliament down and started making new rules himself. Eventually that led to war, Oliver Cromwell, and execution, and after all that Charles II. It's no surprise to me that he ended up in a war the way he tried to figure he was above everyone. A very interesting book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Lonsdale

    The lowdown on a famous person A useful introduction to the life and main achievements of I K Brunel. Failures too and of the type of man he was. A bit more meat on the bones would have been appreciated but, perhaps enough to give you a good flavour and inspire you to find out more

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashwin

    Isambard brunel.... The multifaceted engineer. Wow! It was a great piece of writing by hourly history on Isambard brunel. He was truly a visionary and a multifaceted engineer. To be named the second most famous Britain was a tribute to his genius.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lin Li

    Learnt something new about the great engineer Brunel First time to read about one of the greatest engineers during 19 century. The bridges and railroad stations designed by Brunel are simply beautiful and magnificent.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Wilkinson

    Good little read. Good little read, informative and well put together. Not one that bubbles on to much giving the subjects inside leg

  8. 5 out of 5

    George Polansky

    An interesting read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Not a bad overview of Brunel's life. It doesn't go into too much detail and there are a few (less than a dozen) editing mistakes, but it's good for someone to get their toes wet.

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  17. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    robert keehn

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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