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Sinopsis: In the tradition of Loren Eiseley, Arthur Koestler, and Lewis Thomas, Wynn Wachhorst is a great rarity: an author of truly lyrical essays on science and technology. In his hands, the drive to explore space is a mirror of humanity's profoundest aspirations and noblest urges.Each of the book's four essays is a montage of images and reflections on the dream of spaceflight and its historical meaning. The opening essay, a survey of major figures from Johannes Kepler to Werner von Braun, sees in the rise of spaceflight a metaphor of modern history as a recurrent story of transformation and rebirth. The second essay recalls the romantic vision of the decades prior to Sputnik, and sets our own nostalgia for those days against that era's nostalgia for the future. The third essay looks at the moon landing as the signature event of our century—the one that our descendants, a thousand years from now, will see as our greatest achievement—and the fourth returns to the themes of transformation and rebirth, offering spaceflight as a cure for the withered capacity for wonder that afflicts the postmodern mind.
Review: Will we walk on distant planets? Terrestrial problems may have regained center stage in our awareness, but the mythic and poetic possibilities unearthed by the space programs of the 20th century have changed us forever. Historian Wyn Wachhorst captures the essence of our birth as an interstellar species in The Dream of Spaceflight, a collection of five essays spanning 500 years of scientific and technological achievement. The marriage of curiosity and hard work that drove heroes like Johannes Kepler, Wernher von Braun, and the Apollo astronauts (one of whom, Buzz Aldrin, wrote the foreword to this collection) to conceive, develop, and implement the knowledge and machinery of space travel comes alive in Wachhorst's evocative prose. The subtitle of the second piece, "Nostalgia for a Bygone Future," speaks volumes about the thoughtfulness and creative energy the author devotes to his craft. Wachhorst knows why we cared so deeply about the space program during its heroic phase. And he explains our curious ambivalence now that human involvement is restricted to mission control and orbital flights perceived as not much different from extended plane rides. The reader comes away from The Dream of Spaceflight freshly inspired--if a few U.S. senators read this, NASA will get all the funding it needs. --Rob Lightner
Título: The Dream of Spaceflight: Essays on the Near...
Editorial: Basic Books
Año de publicación: 2000
Encuadernación: Hard Cover
Condición del libro: Like New
Edición: First Edition.
Descripción Basic Books, 2000. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 1ST. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP27610931
Descripción Basic Books, 2000. Estado de conservación: Good. 1ST. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP3115331
Descripción Basic Books, 2000. Estado de conservación: Good. 1ST. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP3403031
Descripción Basic Books. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Nº de ref. de la librería 2771624592
Descripción Basic Books. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Nº de ref. de la librería G0465090575I3N00
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Descripción Basic Books. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Nº de ref. de la librería G0465090575I3N00
Descripción Basic Books. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. This copy shows very minor wear. Nº de ref. de la librería G0465090575I4N00
Descripción Basic Books, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. This is a former library book with library stickers and stamps. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0001573592