Cambridge’s Mathematical Bridge

Cambridge's Mathematical Bridge | Cool Stuff | Abakcus

In spite of the fact that this bridge is constructed completely of straight timbers, it holds its arch shape, which gives it the name “Mathematical Bridge.”  The legends that surround the bridge are just as intriguing as the bridge’s physical appearance. According to local legend, Sir Isaac Newton began the construction of the Mathematical Bridge as an exemplary demonstration of physics. Isaac Newton constructed this footbridge entirely without the use of screws, bolts, or nails. According to legend, a group of Cambridge University students took the bridge apart in order to establish that it was, in fact, simply made of wood and were unable to put it back together again. Actually, the true story is a little more ordinary. Despite the fact that Newton died 22 years before, the bridge was designed by William Etheridge and built by James Essex in 1749. He may have had an impact on its structure.

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