Excerpt from Concrete: Its Uses in Building From Foundations to Finish
The first edition of this book was published in 1877, the second in 1891. Seventeen years' further practical and continuous experience, and the many improvements in various ways that have taken place in connection with the use of concrete during that period, make a third edition necessary.
Numerous useful works on concrete have been published of late years, but dealing almost entirely with methods of and calculations for reinforcement. These do not convey the information so essential for the general use of concrete, and for many purposes connected with building for which it is so well adapted. Practical instructions are necessary to explain the methods of dealing with the material in building works, and reinforcement is not always necessary.
I am aware that the information contained in these pages does not in some instances fall in with the views of some practitioners. I can only say, with deference to the views of others, that what I have written - as the result of nearly forty years' experience - I believe to be substantially correct.
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