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More With Less : Paul MacCready and the Dream of Efficient Flight - Paul Ciotti

More With Less

Paul MacCready and the Dream of Efficient Flight

Paperback Published: 1st November 2003
ISBN: 9781893554900
Number Of Pages: 251

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In the 1970s a small group of unknown southern California visionaries, working independently as a result of their own whims and hobbies, developed an interest in lightweight low-powered machines. Recognising their talent, a gifted scientist and engineer named Paul MacCready subsequently pulled them together to build a plane capable of winning a long-standing prize for human powered flight. Their success in that project led to a series of even more efficient vehicles: a man-powered plane that flew the English Channel; a solar powered plane that flew from Paris to London; a solar-powered car that won a race across Australia; an 18-foot flapping wing flying replica of a pterodactyl for a Smithsonian-sponsored IMAX film; and more recently, a high-altitude unmanned solar aeroplane that, when fully operational, will stay up for six months at a time performing the same functions as orbiting satellites. Paul Ciotti tells the story of the individuals who made up this group, their inspirations and failures, their quirks and disagreements and their remarkable successes.

"The narrative is at once informative and inspirational, pointing out that if you try hard enough and surround yourself with the right people, you can answer those big questions others dare only ask."

List of Illustrationsp. ix
From Rodent-Powered Aircraft to Stratospheric Satellitesp. 1
The Moral Case for Efficiencyp. 5
Alpha Males and the Twilight Clubp. 10
The Case against Elegant Engineeringp. 15
From King Bladud to the Wright Bothersp. 17
Building Self-Confidencep. 25
The Contest at St. Yanp. 33
Midlife Crisisp. 38
Man's Innate Desire to Flyp. 44
Hang-Gliding in Southern Californiap. 47
The Earth-Flip Hypothesisp. 53
The Otto Lilienthal Meetp. 61
Taras Kiceniuk and Icarus Ground Effect Ip. 67
How Henry Kremer Changed Paul MacCready's Lifep. 70
Lambie Luckp. 73
A Human Test Standp. 82
Tales of the Mojavep. 86
The Shafter Connectionp. 89
Reinventing the Wright Brothersp. 92
A Turn for the Betterp. 95
The Case for Apparent Altruismp. 102
The Channel Crossingp. 106
Vikings versus the Emerald Islep. 109
Why the British Didn't Winp. 118
Soft Energy and Lissaman's Broken Heartp. 120
How the Oil Crisis Changed the Countryp. 122
Bob Boucher and the Eternal Planep. 126
From Pointoise to "a Right Proper Piss-up"p. 135
"A Big Damn Bird Came Out of the Sky"p. 148
Biking Through the Gene Poolp. 160
Solar Deluge on the Bitumenp. 171
Electric Cars and Mental Blocksp. 179
Day of the Stratospheric Satellitep. 184
The Engineer, the Hunter and the Bearp. 190
Tao of the Carbon Dragonp. 195
Saving the World 10 Percent at a Timep. 202
Doctoral Thesis Immortalityp. 210
Exploding Biomimicryp. 214
Why Blind People Don't Sky Divep. 216
The Johnny Appleseed of Ornithoptersp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 229
Notesp. 231
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9781893554900
ISBN-10: 1893554902
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 1st November 2003
Publisher: Encounter Books,USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 16.2  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.41