Praise for the hardcover edition:
"The explanation of the physics of flight is one of the strengths of Dalton's text... Dalton's high-speed photographs of animals in flight, combined with color illustrations, beautifully illuminate the sometimes arcane discussions. Overall, this breathtakingly illustrated and well written book is superb."
Insects and birds account for three-quarters of all land creatures. For many of them, the ability to fly has allowed them to live in diverse habitats all over the globe. For humans, the mastery of flight is a supreme technical achievement that has revolutionized our world during the last century.
The Miracle of Flight shows how animals evolved wings and how humans triumphed over the associated physical challenges of taking to the air. The magic of winged flight is passionately revealed in photography and color illustrations.
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Every section of The Miracle of Flight is illustrated by Dalton's stunning wildlife photographs and specially commissioned full color technical drawings.
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Stephen Dalton is an internationally respected photographer whose high-speed wildlife photography has earned him a devoted following of both nature lovers and photographers. Dalton has published several books of his unforgettable imagery, among them Secret Lives, Caught in Motion, The Secret Life of an Oakwood, The Secret Life of a Garden, Vanishing Paradise and At the Water's Edge. He lives in rural England, where he continues to revel in and photograph the world around him.Review:
This reference book represents the best single source for all aspects of flight, and the text is enhanced by the author's own exquisite photography, archival imagery, informative color diagrams, and suggestions for further reading. (William H. Adams Science Books and Films 2000-07-01)
The explanation of the physics of flight is one of the strengths of Dalton's text...Dalton's high-speed photographs of animals in flight, combined with color illustrations, beautifully illuminate the sometimes arcane discussions. Overall, this breathtakingly illustrated and well written book is superb. (Nancy Bent Booklist 1999-12-01)
This volume's simplicity of prose and elegance of illustration cannot fail to delight teen readers. Dalton explains and demonstrates the physics of flight in a straightforward style. In the process of educating readers, however, the author's love for his subject and his belief in its magic come through ... This scholarly yet enthusiastic work will be a treasured addition to any library. (Becky Ferrall School Library Journal 2000-04-01)
Nature writer Dalton has combined two of his loves, flying and photography, into a very well crafted book that covers the basics of flight, both animal and (human) mechanical. Though the text is lucid and the illustrations excellent, the numerous vibrant color photographs truly set this book apart from others. (J. Olson Choice 2000-04-01)
A fine overview of the world of flight from Dalton, dramatized by his superb photography, with arresting graphic material that demystifies the mechanics of aerodynamics, and a text that allows the poetry of taking wing to keep its secrets... A love song to flying, limpid and graceful as the act itself. (Kirkus Review 1999-11-01)
This book is sure to engage anyone with even a passing interest in aviation -- and the color photos and illustrations of flying machines, both organic (insects, birds, bats) and inorganic (airplanes, gliders, etc.), are magnificent. (Publishers Weekly)
From the wing structure of the Concorde to that of four-winged insects, the mystery of nearly all things that fly is explicated here in stunning photography, line drawings and clearly written text by a man who obviously would love to have wings himself. As who wouldn't? (T.H. Watkins Washington Post 1999-12-12)
A stunning new book reveals the secrets of flight... There are also fabulous color photos of bees, beetles, moths and butterflies performing the most amazing feats of flying, often in a series of stop-action pictures. (Canadian Camera 1999-01-01)
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Book Description -. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Miracle of Flight This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780562000700
Book Description -. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Miracle of Flight This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780562000700
Book Description S LOW, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Good. Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2247123
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Book Description Sampson Low 17/11/1977, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Bookseller Inventory # 2341-9780562000700
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Book Description Sampson Low 17/11/1977, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Bookseller Inventory # 6545-9780562000700
Book Description Samson Low, London, UK, 1977. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 168pp; col pls; b/w photos. Bib'y. Index. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 008005
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Book Description Sampson Law First VG/VG slight edgewear fep a little grubby 168pp numerous colour photographs 10 5 x 9 625g, 1977. A superb photographic survey of winged flight. Combining the skills and expertise of an outstanding photographer, entheusistic naturalist and pilot, the author investigates the nature of flight in all forms. Bookseller Inventory # 6207