Ignition! (häftad)
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Rutgers University Press
Asimov, Isaac (foreword)
2 black and white photographs, 1 line art
229 x 152 x 24 mm
230 g
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Ignition! (häftad)


An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

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This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John D. Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. A classic work in the history of science, and described as "a good book on rocket stuff...that's a really fun one" by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.
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    Johan Anders Fredin, 18 mars 2019

    John D Clark skriver mycket underhållande om sin tid som forskare inom området raketbränslen.
    Första gången på många år som den här boken har kommit i tryck.
    Kapitlet om Klortrifluorid är bara det värt varenda krona.

    "It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, n... Läs hela recensionen

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"It's rare that a book about as high-minded and serious a topic as rocket science manages to be both highly informative and laugh-out-loud funny. But if there's a better way to describe John Clark's Ignition!, I've yet to discover it." - Ars Technica

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John Drury Clark (1907 - 1988) was an American rocket fuel developer, chemist, and science fiction writer. In addition to his work as a scientist, he was instrumental in the broad revival of interest in Robert E. Howard's Conan stories and an influence on the writing of Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt, and other sci-fi authors. Issac Asimov (1920 - 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. A prolific writer, he published more than 500 books, most notably the science fiction novels I, Robot and Foundation, and the popular science works, Guide to Science and Understanding Physics.


In Re John D. Clark - foreword by Issac Asimov Preface How It Started Peenemunde and JPL The Hunting of the Hypergol . . . . . . and Its Mate Peroxide - Always a Bridesmaid Halogens and Politics and Deep Space Performance Lox and Flox and Cryogenics in General What Ivan Was Doing Exotics The Hopeful Monoprops High Density and the Higher Foolishness What Happens Next Glossary Index