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The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman's Life In Aeronautics #SIPHRD0016
 
The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman's Life In Aeronautics
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$14.99
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Aviation
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Smithsonian Institution Press

The book, The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman’s Life In Aeronautics is part of the Smithsonian History Of Aviation Series, all of which are intended to contribute to the overall understanding of the history of aviation including its science and technology, as well as, the social, cultural and political environment that allowed it to develop and mature.  “The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman’s Life In Aeronautics” recounts the full range of Theodore von Karman’s scientific and social accomplishments.  Regarded as one of the founding fathers of supersonic flight, von Karman pioneered the use of applied mathematics in aeronautics and astronautics and in so doing discovered a number of the “laws” of both disciplines.  During his long aeronautical career, von Karman used his theoretical knowledge to design aircraft, dirigibles, rockets and missiles.  Von Karmen also demonstrated the first practical solid-propellant rocket engine.  Born in Hungary in 1881, von Karman was a gifted teacher that processed the capacity to harness the unique talents of unlike temperaments and focus them on common objectives.  During the latter part of his storied career, von Karman became the driving force behind the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (N.A.S.A.) Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cal Tech’s Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory and the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.  His circle of colleagues included among others, Dr. Hugh L. Dryden (first deputy administrator of N.A.S.A.), General Bernard A. Schriever (U.S.A.F., ret., the father of the U.S.A.F. ballistic missile program) and Dr. William Pickering (former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory).  “The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman’s Life In Aeronautics” provides a rounded picture of this great aeronautical scientist’s life and examines the extent to which personality influences the course of science.  The major sections of “The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman’s Life In Aeronautics” are as follows: 1) Preface; 2) Chapter 1 – His Father’s Son; 3) Chapter 2 – Scientist And Soldier; 4) Chapter 3 – From Aachen To Pasadena; 5) Chapter 4 – A Magnet For Aeronautics; 6) Chapter 5 – The Rocketeers; 7) Chapter 6 – A Wartime Mission; 8) Chapter 7 – Advising Generals; 9) Chapter 8 – The Elder Statesman; 10) Chapter 9 – “His Life Was Full”; 11) Notes; 12) Essay On Sources and 13) Index.  In addition to an informative narrative, “The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman’s Life In Aeronautics” includes approximately 49 black and white photographs. “The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman’s Life In Aeronautics” is certain to appeal to those interested in aeronautical science and amateur aviation historian alike.  This book is 202 pages and is in excellent condition.  The author is Michael H. Gorn.  Edition published in 1992.

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