This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics Imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John Drury Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. A classic work in the history of science, and described as “a good book on rocket stuff…that’s a really fun one” by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|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
Contents In Re John D. Clark - foreword by Issac Asimov Preface 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 Glossary Index
What People are Saying About This
"Read this book. You’ll find plenty about John and all the other sky-high crackpots who were in the field with him and you may even get (as I did) a glimpse of the heroic excitement that seemed to make it reasonable to cuddle with death every waking moment—to say nothing of learning a heck of a lot about the way in which the business of science is really conducted."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.