Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants


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ISBN-13: 9780813595832
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 05/23/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 42,218
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

ISAAC 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.

Table of Contents


In Re John D. Clark - foreword by Issac Asimov


 1    How It Started

 2    Peenemunde and JPL

 3    The Hunting of the Hypergol . . .

 4    . . . and Its Mate

 5    Peroxide – Always a Bridesmaid

 6    Halogens and Politics and Deep Space

 7    Performance

 8    Lox and Flox and Cryogenics in General

 9    What Ivan Was Doing

10    “Exotics”

11    The Hopeful Monoprops

12    High Density and the Higher Foolishness

13    What Happens Next




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Ignition: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DavidH42 19 days ago
Do not purchase this reprint edition unless you have a large magnifying glass. This is obviously a scanned copy of the original hardback reduced to an almost unreadable type size. Apparently Rutgers University Press is only interested in saving money and not in producing an acceptable reprint. I will be returning it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're reading this, you already know that "Ignition!" is a classic in aerospace and applied chemistry for the educated layman and I highly recommend reading it. What I cannot recommend is buying the new reprint edition from Rutgers University Press. To begin with, the print is tiny, the sort of tiny print normally used in footnotes. (The actual footnotes are even tinier still.) There are enough typos that the text is almost certainly a poorly-edited OCR scan of the old edition. Many of the chemical equations have been re-typeset and look nice, but the mathematical formulae and Lewis structures appear to be low-rez scans from the old edition pasted into the new layout. There are numerous freely-available PDFs of this title online to be had for a little searching; I suggest you read one of those. Rutgers UP should be forced to drink the hydrazine for this rip-off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago