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Rockets and Missiles: The Life Story of a Technology (Greenwood Technographies)

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Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance destruction. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age—the exploration of space. Rockets and MissileS≪/i> traces the history of the technology that led to both the great fear of global warfare, and the great excitement of the Space Age. Beginning with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early modern Asia, the volume focuses on rocketry in late-20th-century Western Europe, Russia, and the United States, and also covers the spread of rocket technology in East Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Rockets and MissileS≪/i> covers everything any student or interested layperson would need to understand the history of rocketry. The introduction reviews basic principles of physics and basic elements of chemical rocket technology. Chapters trace the history of rockets from their origins to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the years since World War II. All three principal uses of rocket technology are covered in detail: missiles as long-range strategic weapons and short-range tactical weapons, and rockets as launch vehicles for sending payloads into space The book concludes with a survey of several types of non-chemical rockets now under development for use in outer space. While Rockets and MissileS≪/i> covers the development of the technology, including how rockets improved in performance, reliability, and versatility. The book also stresses the impact of rocket technology—both military and civilian—on everyday life.

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Once the stuff revered by the pulps, rockets and missiles have become commonplace realities. Van Riper (Southern Polytechnic State U.) describes the growth of the science from its 900 years of experiments with black powder, to the nascence of more reliable technologies and fuels in the first half of the twentieth century, to its uses in the Cold War and trips to the moon and beyond. He tracks the growth of rocket and missile technology separately, noting their technological similarities and political differences, concluding with speculation on possible positive futures for both.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Introduces readers to the history of rocket and missile technology and its impact on society.

Synopsis:

Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance destruction. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age--the exploration of space. Rockets and Missiles traces the history of the technology that led to both the great fear of global warfare, and the great excitement of the Space Age. Beginning with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early modern Asia, the volume focuses on rocketry in late-20th-century Western Europe, Russia, and the United States, and also covers the spread of rocket technology in East Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

About the Author

A. BOWDOIN VAN RIPER is Adjunct Professor at Southern Polytechnic State University. He is the author of Looking Up: Aviation and the Popular Imagination (2003), Science in Popular Culture: A Reference Guide (Greenwood, 2002), and Men among the Mammoths: Victorian Science and the Discovery of Human Prehistory (1993).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313327957
Author:
Van Riper, A. Bowdoin
Publisher:
Greenwood
Author:
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Engineering - Mechanical
Subject:
Rocketry
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Mechanical
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Subject:
Rocketry -- History.
Subject:
Guided missiles -- History.
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Aeronautics -- History.
Subject:
Engineering -- History.
Series:
Greenwood Technographies
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.38x6.30x.80 in. .98 lbs.

Related Subjects

Engineering » Engineering » General Engineering
Engineering » Engineering » History
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Weapons » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology

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"Synopsis" by , Introduces readers to the history of rocket and missile technology and its impact on society.
"Synopsis" by , Beginning with World War II, missiles transformed the art of war. For the first time, cities of warring nations were vulnerable to sudden, unannounced, long-distance destruction. At the same time, rockets made possible one of the great triumphs of the modern age--the exploration of space. Rockets and Missiles traces the history of the technology that led to both the great fear of global warfare, and the great excitement of the Space Age. Beginning with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early modern Asia, the volume focuses on rocketry in late-20th-century Western Europe, Russia, and the United States, and also covers the spread of rocket technology in East Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere.
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