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No part of this book or its related materials may be reproduced in any form without
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The cover background is a photo of the
Aqueduct of Segovia
, Spain. We chose it as
an example of a beautiful, long-lasting design. The full aqueduct is about 20 miles
(32 km) long and was built by the Romans in the 1st or 2nd century A.D. This photo is
from the half-mile (0.8 km) long, 92 feet (28 m) high above ground segment built
using unmortared, granite blocks. The Roman designers followed the architectural
principles in the ten volumes series De Architectura (“On Architecture”), written in
15 B.C. by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio. It was untouched until the 1500s, when King
Ferdinand and Queen Isabella performed the first reconstruction of these arches.
The aqueduct was in use and delivering water until recently.
Both the print book and ebook were prepared with LaTeX,
, and Ruby scripts
employing Nokogiri. Additional Ruby scripts automatically keep the Pastebin
excerpts and screencast URIs up-to-date in the text. The necessary Makefiles, style
files and most of the scripts are available under the BSD License at
Arthur Klepchukov designed the covers and graphics for all versions.