The New Culture of the Wind and Its Effects

  • Giovanni SolariEmail author
Part of the Springer Tracts in Civil Engineering book series (SPRTRCIENG)


The advent of the new science addressed in Chap.  3 provided the bases for the foundation of a renewed culture of the wind and its effects. This chapter deals with this topic by illustrating the first rational approaches to meteorology and weather forecasting, a varied set of pioneering measurements of the resistance of bodies in the air, the adoption of scales to quantify the intensity of wind and its effects. In parallel, it points out how the new culture about the wind increasingly interacted with the life of humans and their works, strengthening the dualism between the wind as a source of life and progress and the wind as an instrument of death and devastation. On the one hand, it then presents the wind exploitation as a tool for the propulsion of vessels with increasingly efficient sails, the links between wind and flight in scientific research, and the improved efficiency of windmills. On the other hand, it focuses on the appearance of a new generation of fascinating structures, on the sensitiveness of cable-supported and truss bridges to wind loading, on the indifference of the designers towards the emerging concepts about vibrations.


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  1. 1.Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic SchoolUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly

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