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Rocket Science

From Fireworks to the Photon Drive

Authors: Denny, Mark, McFadzean, Alan

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  • A fun, accessible overview of rocket science
  • Includes a technical appendix for interested readers
  • Chronicles famous and forgotten stories, from Chinese fireworks to the Space Race
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-28080-2
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  • Due: November 26, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-28079-6
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About this book

This is a book about rocket science: what it is and what it does. From the earliest fireworks to nuclear-powered spacecraft, all you would ever want or need to know about the subject is here, along with a straightforward explanation of how, why and when things work—or sometimes don't. 

We begin with the history and workings of early terrestrial rocketry before moving onto the main subject of the book: how we get things into space and, on occasion, back again. Entirely math-free, the chapters weave together innumerable anecdotes, real-world examples, and easy walk-throughs to help readers break down the complex physics behind some of humankind’s most amazing feats. 

Neither a pure textbook nor a populist space travel tome, the book will educate, inform and above all entertain anyone intrigued by rocket science. 


About the authors

Dr MARK DENNY pursued research in theoretical physics at Edinburgh University and Oxford University, before embarking on a 20-year career in the aerospace industry as a radar and sonar systems engineer. He authored over fifty technical papers on many subjects in physics and engineering. Mark is now retired and lives on Vancouver Island in western Canada, where he has written fourteen popular science books.
Dr ALAN MCFADZEAN conducted research in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Universities of Saint Andrews, Central Lancashire and Birmingham, UK which gave him his first exposure to space-based platforms. He then moved on to a career in engineering, working on both airborne radar and metering systems for oil and gas production, although not at the same time. Alan lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is his second popular science book.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Why Rockets?

    Pages 1-7

    Denny, Mark (et al.)

  • History: After Fireworks Came Weapons and Spacecraft

    Pages 9-53

    Denny, Mark (et al.)

  • Theory: The Rocket Equation and Beyond

    Pages 55-102

    Denny, Mark (et al.)

  • Poyekhali! To Space and Back

    Pages 103-142

    Denny, Mark (et al.)

  • Rocket Propulsion and Guidance

    Pages 143-170

    Denny, Mark (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-28080-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: November 26, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-28079-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rocket Science
Book Subtitle
From Fireworks to the Photon Drive
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28080-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28080-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-28079-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 302
Number of Illustrations
44 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
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