by Orin, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
Science and magic are complete opposites, right? One demands rigorous experimentation to prove facts and advance knowledge, the other is based entirely on superstition, so anyone claiming to be a real magician is surely a quack. Then explain Jack Parsons, brilliant rocket scientist who started Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL, some claim it really stands for Jack Parsons Lives) and was a pupil of the infamous occultist, Aleister Crowley. This thoroughly researched biography explores both sides of Parsons's work, from government contracts developing better weaponry to defeat the Nazis, to the Babalon [sic] working to conjure the beast of Revelations.