Fiche bibliographique n° 781

Titre The Shoulders of Giants
Sous-titre A History of Human Flight to 1919
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Auteur SCOTT, Phil
Année de publication 1995
Langue anglais
ÉditeurPerseus Books
Code ISBNISBN-10: 0201627221 ISBN-13: 978-0201627220
Nombre de pages 337
Résumé Scott's history of human efforts to fly, from 1400 B.C. to the end of World War I, is a chatty and engaging chronicle. As the starting date hints, it took some time to work out the principles of flight and to develop the power sources and the control mechanisms to act upon them successfully; the pace picked up dramatically in the nineteenth century. Colorful personae in the drama of flight and Scott's coverage include the gliding experts Octave Chanute and Otto Lilienthal, two who came tantalizingly close to flight--the American Hiram Maxim and the Frenchman Clement Ader--and, of course, the Wright brothers, who put it all together and then spent much of the rest of their lives harassing other American aviators with patent infringement suits. Nor were these the only early aviators with wings of clay. Although Scott uses about a third of the book (especially when covering World War I) to retrace very well traveled paths and scants lighter-than-air aviation, his is a most absorbing, highly readable effort. Roland Green
Genre Histoire

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