Ignition!: An informal history of liquid rocket propellants

4.2 avg rating
( 881 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780813507255: Ignition!: An informal history of liquid rocket propellants
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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 Drury 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 SpaceX founder Elon Musk, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.  

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

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.

Review:

"Read this book. You’ll find plenty about John and all the other sky-high crackpots who were in the field with him and you may even get (as I did) a glimpse of the heroic excitement that seemed to make it reasonable to cuddle with death every waking moment—to say nothing of learning a heck of a lot about the way in which the business of science is really conducted."   (Issac Asimov)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy Used
Condition: Good
A copy that has been read, but... Learn more about this copy

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780813595832: Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (Rutgers University Press Classics)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0813595835 ISBN 13: 9780813595832
Publisher: Rutgers University Press Classics, 2018
Softcover

9780813599175: Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

Rutger..., 2018
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

John D. Clark
Published by Rutgers University Press
ISBN 10: 0813507251 ISBN 13: 9780813507255
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks
(AURORA, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Rutgers University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0813507251I3N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 224.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Clark, John D
Published by Rutgers University Press (1972)
ISBN 10: 0813507251 ISBN 13: 9780813507255
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Rutgers University Press, 1972. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0813507251-2-4

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 337.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

John D Clark
Published by Rutgers University Press (1972)
ISBN 10: 0813507251 ISBN 13: 9780813507255
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Lost Books
(AUSTIN, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Rutgers University Press, 1972. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0813507251. Seller Inventory # 652344

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 334.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Clark, John D
Published by Rutgers University Press
ISBN 10: 0813507251 ISBN 13: 9780813507255
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Rutgers University Press. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with any used book purchases. Seller Inventory # 0813507251_abe_vg

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 1,900.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds