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The Bridge at Quebec
William Middleton ’50 - Indiana University Press, 2001

It took seven decades, but the dream of the City of Quebec for a great railway bridge across the St. Lawrence was finally realized in 1917. The Bridge at Quebec provides a full account of the long effort to build a bridge across the St. Lawrence at this difficult site, with particular emphasis on the extraordinary story of the failure of the first bridge, its engineers and their fateful decisions, the terrible collapse of 1907, the human tragedies that accompanied it, and the lessons that its story holds even today for engineers and builders as they continue to extend the boundaries of technology. More than 80 years later, no one has yet built a longer cantilever span, so the bridge still ranks as the greatest of its kind ever built.

William Middleton ’50 is a retired commander in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, and former chief facilities officer at the University of Virginia. He has been a transportation historian and journalist for almost 50 years.

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Montana’s Last Best River
Pat Munday ’81 - Lyons Press, 2001

Montana’s Last Best River: The Big Hole and Its People is a lushly illustrated cultural geography of the remote Big Hole watershed, which is typical of a landscape once common in the American Rocky Mountain West. From the Indians to the miners, loggers, and homesteaders, through the newer ranching culture and recreational visitors who follow Lewis and Clark’s footsteps, the book tells the story of the Big Hole and the people who have made it their home, with color photographs by some of the West’s pre-eminent photographers.

Pat Munday ’81 is professor of history and philosophy with the technical communication department at Montana Tech in Butte. He earned his master’s in society, technology, and values from Rensselaer.

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Partial Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems With Maple V
George Articolo ’61 - Academic Press, 1998

This book, which includes a CD-ROM, presents all of the material normally covered in a standard course on partial differential equations, while focusing on the natural union between this material and the powerful computational software, Maple V. Maple’s animation capabilities allow students and practitioners to see real-time displays of the solutions of partial differential equations.

George Articolo ’61 is associate professor of mathematics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

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Pipe Dreams
Anna McGrath and John Fones McGrath ’60 -, 2001

When John Fones McGrath ’60 died in 1995, he left an unfinished manuscript for a fictional novel about the energy crisis. His wife, Anna McGrath, has now updated and completed the project. John McGrath was professor emeritus, chemistry, at the College of Saint Rose, where he taught for 30 years.

Rensselaer Magazine: June 2002
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