Through stunning images, including 75 illustrations created exclusively for this book, 25 remarkable and memorable technologies from the world of sci-fi are explored.
With expertly written text by NASA insider Rod Pyle, each concept is explained and dissected to reveal the real science behind it. Some are temptingly within our reach—such as cyborgs and artificial intelligence—others are further off, but fast approaching reality (think bio-ports or cloaking devices). All are fascinating and make wonderful explorations into the science of the future as we understand it today.
First line: "The cool thing about the future is that it always gives you something to look forward to."
So nice to hear that - very true - sentiment for a change.
Page 84: Living in a Space Colony chapter begins. Page 85 shows half page drawing of an O'Neill Island (a Cylinder) and the chapter starts with O'Neill's story. "In 1977, he founded The Space Studies Institute to provide a forum for his ideas about settling people off Earth" Talks of SSI Bernal Spheres, Stanford Tori, the SEDS Act and more. Nicely done.
Two chapters on 'moving without the light speed limit' and stellar-ranged transportation with many references to Freeman Dyson (SSI's second President) specifically in relation to his work on the Orion project. A Dyson Sphere diagram gets a full page (page 163). There's a full chapter on Nanotech, mentioning K. Eric Drexler's classic "Engines of Creation" (Drexler was Gerard K. O'Neill's MIT grad student and did hands-on engineering of the first Mass Driver before starting to seriously dig into the question: How small can self-replicating machines be made to then make big, huge, worthwhile things?)
If off-planet living isn't your personal area of interest it still should be telling in that it is an area of my own experience and though that part was short (6 total pages dedicated to O'Neill "Colonies" followed by a section on Mars plans) I wasn't disappointed. Typically if you grab a resource on many topics and find that the one that you know something about is off the mark it should be a red flag that the items you don't know about are also going to be weak for knowledge.. but when the topic that you do know about is done well then it can be a gauge for the similar integrity of the other parts.
Prefer to remain stuck on a planetary surface? The book offers chapters on Terraforming, New Dinosaurs via old DNA, cities of "the future", Fembots, plugging your head directly into the net and, of course, Jetsons cars, jet packs and hoverboards.
No index, but a nice "Sources" bibliography for each chapter.
Nice colorful pages, high quality thick glossy pages so the graphics don't bleed through, fabric page attachment so the pages lie flat and should last while cheap glue books crack and fail. This is a quality book.
Not a text book, not huge detail, but stimulating and covering a wide range of topics. Bought mine at a store on a recent trip to Australia (it just came out and they had a stack with a nice display, not hidden away but proudly displayed. Good promotion.). I came back home and had to look for it on Amazon.
Glad to have found it.
Excellent for a gift.
Other books in this genre:
The Space Age: a time of Sputnik and Saturn rockets, populated by men with names such as Glenn and Gagarin. Now you can relive the countdown with In Their Own Words: The Space Race The Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini Missions, an unparalleled 7 Cassette audio suite that provides unfettered access to authentic Mission Control transmissions and interviews with the men behind them. Including a bonus 2-hour DVD containing rare archival footage and newsreels, In Their Own Words: The Space Race utilizes vintage vivid documentary and narrations, revealing interviews, and audio clips of Presidents and pilots alike to chronicle all 17 Apollo missions, including the pioneering Mercury and Gemini programs. From blastoff to splashdown, you are there, experiencing Neil Armstrong's lunar "leap for mankind" and the shocking suspense of Apollo 13. America's space program reverberates thrillingly throughout the In Their Own Words collection.
Rediscover the most groundbreaking moments in the history of space exploration with documentary footage and narration, candid interviews and the actual transmissions between Mission Control and crews of the Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini projects.
Tape/CD 1: The Beginning of the Dream: Project Mercury
Tape/CD 2: Gemini Ups the Stakes
Tape/CD 3: Race to the Moon
Tape/CD 4: The Triumph of Apollo 11
Tape/CD 5: Laughs from the Moon: Apollo 11 and 12
Tape/CD 6: "Houston, we have a problem"
Tape/CD 7: Apollo 14, 15, 16, 17 and the .Legacy of Apollo
*Race to the Moon
Features rare archival footage, documentaries, and an interview with Wernher von Braun, "father" of the Apollo program.
The story of the people who designed, built, launched, landed, and are now operating the Mars rover Curiosity
Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle provides a behind-the-scenes look into the recent space mission to Mars of Curiosity--the unmanned rover that is now providing researchers with unprecedented information about the red planet. Pyle follows the team of dedicated scientists whose job it is to explore new vistas on Mars. Readers will also join Curiosity, the most advanced machine ever sent to another planet, on its journey of discovery. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the author provides stunning insights into how this enthusiastic team of diverse individuals uses a revolutionary onboard laboratory of chemistry, geology, and physics instruments to unravel the profound secrets of the Red Planet.
Readers will meet: Robert Manning, chief engineer for every rover mission since Pathfinder; John Grotzinger, the chief scientist of the entire mission; Vandi Tompkins, the software designer who keeps the rover on track; Bobak Ferdowsi, famed “Mohawk Guy” from Mission Control; Adam Steltzner, the Elvis-like Entry, Descent and Landing Lead; Al Chen, chief of flight dynamics and the voice of JPL during Curiosity’s treacherous landing; and many others.
And of course, Pyle describes the adventures of the Curiosity rover itself, from landing through the first samples, drilling, and discovering a habitable past on the planet, to reaching the ultimate target: Mount Sharp, in the center of Gale Crater.
America is once again at the forefront of a new space age and Curiosity is just the beginning of many exciting new discoveries to come.
For over half a century, NASA has delivered a continuous stream of innovative accomplishments that have inspired the world. Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, the space shuttle pioneering reusable space planes, Mars rovers exploring the red planet--the list goes on. We read the stories and watch the footage, and as impossible as these achievements seem, NASA makes them look easy.
The most innovative organization in history, NASA holds an otherworldly mystique for those of us who look on in awe. But behind every one of NASA's amazing innovations lie carefully managed operations, just like any other organization.
Innovation the NASA Way provides practical, proven lessons that will help you envision the future of your organization with clarity, meet every challenge with tenacity, and manage innovation with groundbreaking creativity.
NASA insider Rod Pyle has used the agency's unique methods for driving innovation to train leaders from eBay, the Federal Reserve, Michelin tires, Conoco/Phillips, and many other Fortune 100 and 500 companies. now, for the first time, NASA's cutting-edge strategies for nurturing and fostering innovation are revealed.
Innovation the NASA Way takes you on a tour through the programs that pushed the envelope on the agency's leadership and managerial capacity. It describes the seemingly impossible tasks NASA personnel faced, explains how each challenge was met with forward-looking management methods, and describes the extraordinary innovations that resulted.
Learn how NASA built the Lunar Module, the first true spaceship; created the Saturn V's F-1 rocket motor, the most powerful ever built; and how it creates partnerships with the new players in space–private entrepreneurs. These are just a few of the projects covered in the book.
Space exploration may be NASA's mission, but its innovative leadership practices are founded on solid, down-to-earth methods anyone can apply, anywhere.
PRAISE FOR INNOVATION THE NASA WAY:
"Pyle insightfully and skillfully draws out the methods and strategies naSa has employed to achieve its lofty goals. It innovates so far outside the box that the box disappears. Pyle suggests its touchstones are boldness, daring, and passion, and he suggests you can bring those traits into your business." -- DON CAMBOU, executive Producer of History Channel's Modern Marvels
"Pyle highlights NASA's key innovation lessons and leaves you with amazing stories you'll want to remember and use in your organization." -- STEVEN FENTRESS, Planetarium Director at Rochester Museum & Science Center
"From building rocket engines to exploring Mars and beyond, Rod Pyle has written a very readable and eminently practical volume that documents the challenges, solutions, and lessons learned from NASA's storied history. To read it is to be inspired to recreate in today's challenging world NASA's daring, boldness and passion." -- STEVEN J. DICK, Former NASA Chief historian
"Fuel your inspiration with this fascinating book explaining the key lessons of NASA's innovation and exploration of space. Pyle's meaingful insights will improve your business." -- LUKAS VIGLIETTI, President, Swissapollo, Swiss Space Association
The fascinating inspirations behind common inventions and creations - from Barbie to Sweet and Low to Mt. Rushmore.
The slinky was born aboard a World War II ship.
The Barbie doll was inspired by a German sex toy.
Weight Watchers began with a Jewish housewife in Queens, New York.
Eureka! explores the fascinating stories behind these famous creations and many others-from blue jeans to the Taj Mahal to Mickey Mouse-detailing the relationships between inspirations and their inventors. Readers will delight in the intriguing-and sometimes surprising-origins behind the ideas that have shaped the world.
The Red Planet holds an enduring fascination. Filled with extraordinary detail and documents, this book offers a visually stunning insider's look at how Mars has been explored and the challenges facing future missions. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been the principal explorer, launching the Mariner spacecraft that sped past Mars and snapped 22 grainy photographs in 1965. After many flybys and orbital missions, NASA finally landed the twin Viking probes on Mars in 1976. From 1996 through to the present day, a series of rovers have been sent to Mars, each more sophisticated. Today two rovers are operating on the red sands Curiosity and Opportunity. They have enabled us to make incredible discoveries, each more compelling than the last. Ancient rivers, lakes, ocean beds, and valleys have been charted, suggesting a landscape that could once have supported life. Preparations are already underway for a manned mission to Mars, and the book discusses the many challenges faced, from the design of the spacecraft to the impact on the human body, both physically and psychologically of such a journey as well as surviving on the planet's inhospitable surface.
In the next decade, NASA, by itself and in collaboration with the European Space Agency, is planning a minimum of four separate missions to Mars. Clearly, exciting times are ahead for Mars exploration. This is an insider’s look into the amazing projects now being developed here and abroad to visit the legendary red planet. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the author provides stunning insights into the history of Mars exploration and the difficulties and dangers of traveling there.
After an entertaining survey of the human fascination with Mars over the centuries, the author offers an introduction to the geography, geology, and water processes of the planet. He then briefly describes the many successful missions by NASA and others to that distant world. But failure and frustration also get their due. As the author makes clear, going to Mars is not, and never will be, easy. Later in the book, he describes in detail what each upcoming mission will involve.
In the second half of the book, he offers the reader a glimpse inside the world of Earth-based "Mars analogs," places on Earth where scientists are conducting research in hostile environments that are eerily "Martian." Finally, he constructs a probable scenario of a crewed expedition to Mars, so that readers can see how earlier robotic missions and human Earth simulations will fit together.
All this is punctuated by numerous firsthand interviews with some of the finest Mars explorers of our day, including Stephen Squyres (Mars Exploration Rover), Bruce Murray (former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and Peter Smith (chief of the Mars Phoenix Lander and the upcoming OSIRIS-REx missions). These stellar individuals give us an insider’s view of the difficulties and rewards of roaming the red planet.
The author’s infectious enthusiasm and firsthand knowledge of the international space industry combine to make a uniquely appealing and accessible book about Mars.
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