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Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention

Jakab, Peter L.

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ISBN 10: 0874744563 / ISBN 13: 9780874744569
Published by Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1990
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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. xviii, 263, [5] p. Illustrations. This is one of the Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Dr. Peter L. Jakab is chief curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Formerly he served as the Museum s associate director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in American history from Rutgers University. Areas of specialization include the history of technology, aerospace history, and American social and cultural history. During his stay at the Museum, he has curated numerous exhibitions and frequently lectured on the history of technology; the history of invention; the Wright brothers and pioneer aviation; and First World War aviation. His publications include the books Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990); The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright, and The Wright Brothers and The Invention of the Aerial Age. Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Signed on t-p. Sticker residue on fep. Bookseller Inventory # 71488

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Title: Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright ...

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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Explains how the Wright Brothers identified and resolved each technical obstacle to the construction of a flying machine and why they succeeded where so many had failed

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Thoroughly researched and well written, this is a scholarly assessment of the engineering methods used by the Wright Brothers. Jakab documents the progression of their experiments to refine the wings, propulsion system, and control and balance designs that led to a flyable airplane. He underscores the Wrights' hard work and perseverence throughout. Tom D. Crouch's The Bishop's Boys ( LJ 5/15/89) is an excellent companion volume which relates the biographical side of this fascinating story.
- William A. McIntyre, L.R.C., New Hampshire Technical Coll., Nashua
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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