TILT : A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa

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[From jacket flap] In Tilt, author Nicholas Shrady reveals how the campanile, or bell tower, in Pisa's Campo del, Miracoli became the iconic Tower of Pisa. Even standing straight and true, the tower's marble andlime facade would be instantly recognizable the world over. Yet its distinctive tilt, which measured 1.6 degrees from vertical when construction was completed in 1370, has long been a mystery. Was it the result of shoddy workmanship or the brainchild of a hunchback maestro who skewed the tower to avenge his own condition? Nearly a millennium since its construction, the tower still stands (more than 4 meters, or 5 degrees askew) in defiance of logic, gravity, and soaring odds?a mute witness to history as it has unfolded. Envisioned as a display of wealth and power in Pisa?s medieval heyday, the tower was revolutionary in its design. Architectural sleight of hand lent the campanile the appearance of weightlessness even as it supported seven colossal bronze bells. Technical achievements and rare beauty aside, it is the tower's glaring Tolly that has attracted legions of admirers and would-be saviors, even as it alarmed engineers.In addition to having defied the known laws of experiments on the velocity of falling bodies from atop its heights. Lord Byron, the Shelleys, and their Romantics frolicked in its listing shadow. Benito Mussolini tried to right the tower by ordering that cement be injected into its foundation. During World War II, the "Tiltin- Hilton" was a suspected enemy hideout

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