What Makes Airplanes Fly?: History, Science, and Applications of Aerodynamics

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Springer Science & Business Media, 6. 12. 2012 - 225 strán (strany)
Developed for humanities students at Yale and intended for the general reader interested in flight, this book is about aerodynamics in the broadest sense. To put the science into its social context, the author describes (with many illustrations) the history of human attempts to fly and discusses the outlook for future developments, as well as the social impact of commercial aviation. Although only elementary mathematics is used, the underlying science is discussed rigorously, but clearly, and with an emphasis on the visualizable aspects. Thus readers whose background is not in physics will deepen their knowledge of physics, gain an understanding of what keeps the huge airliners up, and appreciate some of the details of the exciting recent developments in technology.
 

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Milestones of the Modern Age
25
The Nature of Liquids and Gases
41
The Atmosphere of the Earth
47
Air in Motion
57
Turning to Aerodynamics
79
Aerodynamic Drag
87
Aerodynamic Lift
109
Notes on the Whole Airplane
131
Supersonic
145
Express
156
Air Transportation and the Outlook for the Future
167
Facts from Algebra
181
The SI System
195
A Guide to Further Reading
203
FIGURE AND TABLE CREDITS
213
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