What Makes Airplanes Fly?

History, Science, and Applications of Aerodynamics

Authors: Wegener, Peter P.

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Developed for humanities students at Yale and intended for the general reader interested in flight, this book is about aerodynamics in the broadest sense. To put the science into its social context, the author describes (with many illustrations) the history of human attempts to fly and discusses the outlook for future developments, as well as the social impact of commercial aviation. Although only elementary mathematics is used, the underlying science is discussed rigorously, but clearly, and with an emphasis on the visualizable aspects. Thus readers whose background is not in physics will deepen their knowledge of physics, gain an understanding of what keeps the huge airliners up, and appreciate some of the details of the exciting recent developments in technology.

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"Peter Wegener has written the perfect book for those of us who nurse some doubts to our understanding of what makes airplanes fly … The volume is filled with clear and useful examples that illustrate the essential concepts … [Anyone] who has ever tried to explain the principles of flight to a spouse or child without resorting to a blackboard full of equations will appreciate What Makes Airplanes Fly? Take heart! The author proves it can be done."  American Journal of Physics


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What Makes Airplanes Fly?
Book Subtitle
History, Science, and Applications of Aerodynamics
Authors
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-0403-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-0403-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 225
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