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"This book lucidly captures the comparative aerodynamics of winged animals and aircrafts with great skill and clarity. This is science writing at its best and is a valuable reference for the specialist as well as for the casual enthusiast of flight."
Sankar Chatterjee, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Geosciences, Texas Tech University
"David Alexander has produced an astonishingly readable and enjoyable romp through topics in flight mechanics. This book cuts through the obtuse and obscure without sacrificing scholarship."
Catherine Loudon, University of California, Irvine
"You'll find no more transparently clear explanation of all that goes on when you fly in an airplane. Or, in a seamlessly integrated account, what happens when a bird, bat, or bumblebee does the same."
Steven Vogel, James B. Duke Professor, Emeritus, Department of
Biology, Duke University
"This is a well-written and thought-provoking book telling a unique story of both the history and the physics of natural and mechanical flight."
James DeLaurier, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies