Now it's history...

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When a book about science, whether it is astronomy, biology..., is published, it always shows the latest developments and progress, and to read it keeps you up to date. What is also very interesting about these books is that forty or fifty years later what they show you is in fact the history of sciences...



Imagine reading a book published in the early fifties, for example, before people even knew that they would succeed in walking on the Moon one day...You can see the limits of the knowledge at the time the book was published and, who knows ?, sometimes you might even be lucky enough to find a mistake in it ! What about the author suggesting it will never be possible to go to the Moon ?





I have just found this very interesting book in my attic. I cannot garantee you will find a funny mistake in it because I haven't read it until the last page, and moreover, I am not a scientist myself.

But of course, the purpose of reading this great book is not to find mistakes in it, but to learn. However, it is very true that when we read a science book published a long time ago, we should bear in mind that it reflects the state of the knowledge at the time the book was published, and that there may have been changes and new discoveries since then. In consequence, an old science book could (should ?) be bought not to learn about sciences themselves, but about the history of sciences, although a great percentage of the information given in this book would still be relevant of course, especially if the book wasn't published such a long time ago. 

Anyway, there is a very interesting article in it about "unidentified flying objects" (this is the title of the article) trying to determine if these objects are an "aerial phenomenon or extraterrestrial beings ?", which reflects quite well some of the worries, or let's say doubts, of the time.

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This book is the 13th volume of an encyclopedia of Aviation and space sciences called "Above and Beyond". This volume talks about tracking systems and network, and wind tunnels.

Here is an example of what you can find inside.  The book reflects very well the style of the 60s in its presentation, as it was published in 1968.


Some illustrations are in black and white, and some are in colour. The articles are classified in alphabetical order.

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Above and Beyond. The Encyclopedia of Aviation and Space Sciences. Volume 13 : Tracking systems and networks - Wind tunnels. New Horizons Publishers Inc, Chicago. 1968. Hardcover.

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Dimensions : 28.2 cm  x  21.8 cm  /  11.1023 "  x  8.58267 "

Thickness is 1.6 cm  /  0.629921 "

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Weight : 750 grams  / 1.65346 lb
OR 1 lb and 10.45 oz

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Reference of the item : CS(17)-BM-018

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