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The Story of the Gun

History, Science, and Impact on Society

Authors: Hazell, Paul J.

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  • Provides the reader with an easy-to-read analysis of guns and explains the relevant science
  • Includes a step-by-step analysis of gun operation
  • Addresses the important issue of gun control
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This engaging and accessible book explains the scientific principles behind guns, both ancient and modern. It connects their evolution to advances in science, as well as tracing the developments of projectiles and propellants. It is not limited to small arms but also looks at the science of enormous guns such the Paris Gun, for example, and reviews the efforts to build a gun to launch projectiles into space. Extremely fast guns are also covered, such as two-stage guns and rail guns. Further, the book provides insight into the science of terminal ballistics and wound ballistics as well as the challenging subject of gun control. It is full of interesting facts for all who are curious about the science and history of guns, as well as those for whom the gun is an accessory of their profession.


About the authors

Paul J. Hazell is a Professor of Impact Dynamics at UNSW Canberra, Australia. Paul is a mechanical engineer and studies collisions  — whether they are due to a mobile phone falling to the ground, or a bullet striking an armour plate. He currently operates the fastest gun in the Southern Hemisphere with a two-stage gun that can fire projectiles to 4.5 km/s.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Softcover £24.99
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  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Story of the Gun
Book Subtitle
History, Science, and Impact on Society
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-73652-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-73652-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-73651-4
Series ISSN
2626-6113
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 192
Number of Illustrations
34 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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