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Summary of the Book 'A History Of Aeronautics':
A History of is a 1971 non-fiction book by physicist Petr Beckmann that presents a laymans introduction to the concept of the mathematical constant Pi. Beckmann was a Czechoslovakian who fled the Communist regime to come to the United States his dislike of authority gives A History of a style that belies its dry title. For example his chapter on the era following the classical age of ancient Greece is titled The Roman Pest he calls the Catholic Inquisition the act of insane religious fanatic and he says that people who question public spending on scientific research are intellectual cripples who drivel about too much technology because technology has wounded them with the ultimate insult: They cant understand it any more.
Excerpts from the Book 'A History Of Aeronautics':
... the Avion on the white line. We increased the pressure to between eight and nine atmospheres, and immediately the speed increased considerably, ... ... size and Wilbur came into the enterprise as editor, Orville remaining publisher. In 1894 the two brothers began the publication of a weekly ... ... of glides and multitude of calculations to permit of their constructing and making trial of a power-driven machine. The first designs got out ... ... collided with a tree in a fog and wrecked the machine past repair. Thereupon he set about building his eleventh machine, with which he was ... ... end of which was rigged a triangular arrangement carrying the pilot's seat and the landing wheels underneath, with the wing warping wires ... ... incapable of providing a really satisfactory aero engine. In the 1912 Trials, the only machines which actually completed all their tests were ... ... with death in a way that shocked the average German pilot of the War's early stages, declining to fight according to rule and indulging in the ... ... fabric, had proved extremely successful for man-carrying purposes, and, therefore, it was little wonder that several minds conceived the idea of ... ... and they gave their first public exhibition on June 5th, 1783, with a balloon constructed of paper and of a circumference of 112 feet. A fire ... ... of both danger and pain that stamps the flying man, a type of humanity differing in spirit from his earthbound fellows as fully as the soldier ... ... town. 'Such may be the outline of the task-a task presented imperiously to French balloonists by the events of 1870-1, and ... ... inch. A large boiler, having about 800 square feet of heating surface, including the feed-water heater, was then constructed. This boiler is ... ... The abnormal needs of the war period brought many British firms into the ranks of Vee-type engine-builders, and, apart from those mentioned, ... ... cause an appreciable increase in the temperatures of the cylinders and pistons, which makes it necessary to keep the power rating of the engines ... ... vessel, while no air enters. The tap is then closed before the lower end of the tube is removed from the water, leaving no air at all in the ... ... or power piston and the walls of the larger cylinder being used as a charging pump for the power cylinder situated 120 degrees in rear of it. ... ... would be realised. The next day, Wednesday the 13th, no further trials were made on account of the rain and wind. On Thursday the ... ... The Art of Flying in 1810, a second and amplified edition being produced, also in Hull, in 1831. The pamphlet, which has been reproduced in extenso ... ... idea may be formed from the fact that as a preliminary measure patents in Great Britain Ireland, Scotland, the Colonies, France, Belgium, and ... ... in maintaining the machine in the air at any given level for actual lift from one level to another at a speed of eleven feet per second a further ...