A Living Legacy of Inka Engineering, Lecture by Dr. Isabel Hawkins, Astrophysicist
- Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
- Leon Johnson Hall, 339 - view map
Q’eswachaka — A Living Legacy of Inka Engineering High above the raging Apurímac River in the Andes, a suspended rope bridge stretches across a deep gorge. A modern iron truss bridge can be seen behind it. Why is the rope bridge still in place? Join Exploratorium astrophysicist and science educator Dr. Isabel Hawkins on a journey of science and engineering discovery to the Quechua community of Huinchiri near Cusco, Perú. Together, you will learn about Q’eswachaka—the last suspension bridge of Inka design woven entirely out of grass. You’ll hear how a Quechua Andean community has preserved the engineering knowledge of their Inka ancestors for over 600 years. You’ll also learn about the engineering and cultural significance of the bridge, which makes Q’eswachaka one of the most sustainable bridges in the world.
Isabel Hawkins, Ph.D., is a bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural native of Córdoba, Argentina. In 1986, Dr. Hawkins received her Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently the Project Director of the San Francisco Exploratorium.