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The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris BSW1257

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The World's Fair in Chicago, 1893, was to be a spectacular event: architects, musicians, artists, and inventors worked on special exhibits to display the glories of their countries. But the Fair's planners wanted something really special, something on the scale of the Eiffel Tower, which had been constructed for France's fair three years earlier. At last, engineer George Ferris had an idea―a crazy, unrealistic, gigantic idea. He would construct a twenty-six-story tall observation wheel. The planners didn't think it could be done. They called it a "monstrosity." It wouldn't be safe. But George fought for his design. Finally, in December 1892, with only four months to go until the fair, George was given permission to build his wheel. He had to fight the tight schedule, bad weather, and general disapproval. Against all odds, the Ferris Wheel turned out to be the talk of the Fair, and proof that dreaming big dreams could pay off. Today, George's Ferris Wheel is an icon of adventure and amusement throughout the world.

1893年的芝加哥哥伦比亚纪念世博会前,工程师乔治·费里斯有了一个“异想天开”一般的主意:他想造一座26层楼高的摩天轮。他的设计起初没有被主办方支持,可他并没放弃,多方努力,希望促成摩天轮项目的实施。距离世博会开幕仅剩4个月时,主办方终于同意让费里斯放手一搏。经历了重重困难——包括冬天的严寒和暴风雨的考验,这座摩天轮成为了1893年世博会值得铭记的亮点。如今在世人心目中,费里斯摩天轮依然是冒险和欢乐的象征。在全球其他城市,人们还在不断计划建造更高的摩天轮。乔治·费里斯对工程界的贡献至今仍有影响力,人们不会忘记他的大名和远见卓识。

By Betsy Harvey Kraft, Hardcover, Simplified Chinese characters, 42 pages, 11.2x9.4
 
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