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Ignition!

An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

John D. Clark (author) Isaac Asimov (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9780813595832

Publication Date: Apr 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Tells the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John D. Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity.
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This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John D. Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. A classic work in the history of science, and described as "a good book on rocket stuff…that's a really fun one" by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.

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"It's rare that a book about as high-minded and serious a topic as rocket science manages to be both highly informative and laugh-out-loud funny. But if there's a better way to describe John Clark's Ignition!, I've yet to discover it."
– Ars Technica

Illustrations 2 black and white photographs, 1 line art
Pages 302
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2018
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Technology: general issues   Aerospace & aviation technology   The natural world, country life & pets   History of science   Petroleum technology   Engineering: general   Popular science   Military engineering  
  • In Re John D. Clark - foreword by Issac Asimov
  • Preface
  • How It Started
  • Peenemunde and JPL
  • The Hunting of the Hypergol . . .
  • . . . and Its Mate
  • Peroxide - Always a Bridesmaid
  • Halogens and Politics and Deep Space
  • Performance
  • Lox and Flox and Cryogenics in General
  • What Ivan Was Doing
  • Exotics
  • The Hopeful Monoprops
  • High Density and the Higher Foolishness
  • What Happens Next
  • Glossary
  • Index
John Drury Clark (1907 - 1988) was an American rocket fuel developer, chemist, and science fiction writer. In addition to his work as a scientist, he was instrumental in the broad revival of interest in Robert E. Howard�s Conan stories and an influence on the writing of Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt, and other sci-fi authors.

Issac Asimov (1920 - 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. A prolific writer, he published more than 500 books, most notably the science fiction novels I, Robot and Foundation, and the popular science works, Guide to Science and Understanding Physics.

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