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Airship Roma Disaster In Hampton Roads The

Author : Nancy E. Sheppard
ISBN : 9781467119207
Genre : History
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In March 1921, Major John G. Thornell and his crew were detailed to Italy to procure a new experimental airship for the United States Army Air Service. Stationed at Langley Field in Hampton, the ROMA never lived up to expectations despite being heralded as the future of military innovation. Tragically, it crashed and erupted in a ball of fire in 1922, claiming the lives of thirty-four of the brave men aboard. Author Nancy E. Sheppard reveals the forgotten, harrowing story of one of the last great airships and those who sacrificed for the promise of a new era in aviation.

Monsters

Author : Ed Regis
ISBN : 9780465065943
Genre : Science
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Radio reporter Herbert Morrison's words on witnessing the destruction of the Hindenburg (“Oh, the humanity!”) are etched in our collective memory. Yet while we use theHindenburg—like the Titanic—as shorthand for the technological hubris of a bygone era, we seem to have forgotten the lessons to be learned from the infamous 1937 zeppelin disaster. InMonsters: The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology, Ed Regis claims that this is due to the fact that never before has there been a technological artifact so discredited as the zeppelin in the aftermath of the Hindenburg fire. In Monsters, Regis explores the question of how a technology now so completely invalidated (and so fundamentally unsafe) ever managed to reach such a high-risk level of development as it did. How does such a collective psychology of obsession emerge? Through the narrative of the invention and development of the zeppelin and its most infamous example, Regis will examine the perils of what he calls “pathological technologies,” technologies whose substantial risks are discounted or ignored under the influence of their emotional, almost mystical appeal. Zeppelins were unsteerable balloons of highly flammable gas, but the sheer magic of seeing a behemoth aircraft float lighter-than-air cast a spell over anyone who saw them. The Hindenburg, however, is not an isolated historical instance of pathological technologies—Regis brings this idea to the present by discussing more recent examples, including recombinant DNA technology, genetic engineering, nuclear energy, the Apollo 11 moon landings, and DARPA's “100-Year Starship” program. These technologies may appear enticing, but like the Hindenburg, they could prove to be just as perilous.Monsters is thus a powerful cautionary tale for future technologies and other grandiose schemes.

The New International Year Book

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ISBN : UCBK:C109516484
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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The New International Year Book

Author : Frank Moore Colby
ISBN : UOM:39015068323594
Genre : Yearbooks
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Investigation Of Dirigible Disasters

Author : United States. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters
ISBN : UOM:39015023077350
Genre : Aircraft accidents
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Investigation Of Dirigible Disasters

Author : United States. Congress. Investigate Dirigible Disasters Joint Committee
ISBN : STANFORD:36105045214488
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Day By Day

Author : Rodney P. Carlisle
ISBN : PSU:000064158907
Genre : History
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Sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, the period from 1920 to 1929 witnessed such momentous events as the crash of the stock market, Prohibition, the Harlem Renaissance, the Scopes "Monkey Trial," and the first feature-length motion picture with a soundtrack. Day by Day: The Twenties is a comprehensive two-volume set presenting a complete, accessible chronology of this pivotal decade. This unique new title documents the major events of the period as they unfolded each day, including the defining social, economic, political, and cultural issues of the time. Comprehensive daily coverage is divided into 10 sections: World Affairs; Europe; Africa and the Middle East; The Americas; Asia and the Pacific; U.S. Politics and Social Issues; U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense; U.S. Economy and Environment; Science, Technology, and Nature; and Culture, Leisure, and Lifestyle.

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