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Ignition! : An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants - John Drury Clark


An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

By: John Drury Clark, Isaac Asimov (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 30th April 2018
ISBN: 9780813595832
Number Of Pages: 302
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.  

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"It's rare that a book about as high-minded and serious a topic as rocket science manages to be both highly informative and laugh-out-loud funny. But if there's a better way to describe John Clark's Ignition!, I've yet to discover it."
- Ars Technica

  • In Re John D. Clark - foreword by Issac Asimov
  • Preface
  • How It Started
  • Peenemunde and JPL
  • The Hunting of the Hypergol . . .
  • . . . and Its Mate
  • Peroxide - Always a Bridesmaid
  • Halogens and Politics and Deep Space
  • Performance
  • Lox and Flox and Cryogenics in General
  • What Ivan Was Doing
  • Exotics
  • The Hopeful Monoprops
  • High Density and the Higher Foolishness
  • What Happens Next
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • ISBN: 9780813595832
    ISBN-10: 0813595835
    Series: Rutgers University Press Classics
    Audience: Professional
    For Ages: 18+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 302
    Published: 30th April 2018
    Publisher: Rutgers University Press
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
    Weight (kg): 0.23

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