Wednesday, June 26, 2013

History, science, and concrete

Here's something you don't read about very often: a modern technological improvement in building that relies on using technology from the past.  Specifically, scientists have finally discovered the secret to the incredible durability and strength of ancient Roman concrete.  And now that they have, the building industries are in for some serious upgrading.  From an article at Businessweek.com:
After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world’s most durable man-made creations ever—Roman concrete—has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.
It's a very interesting article replete with both history and science (maybe my favorite combination!) and worth the effort.  Find it here.