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Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age epub

by David A. Clary


Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age epub

ISBN: 0786868171

ISBN13: 978-0786868179

Author: David A. Clary

Category: Transportation

Subcategory: Engineering

Language: English

Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (August 20, 2003)

Pages: 352 pages

ePUB book: 1937 kb

FB2 book: 1814 kb

Rating: 4.2

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Clary's Rocket Man is a fine biography of Robert Goddard. Goddard sits on the transition between the age of the individual inventor and "big science".

Clary's Rocket Man is a fine biography of Robert Goddard. The work is eminently readable. Clary does a fine job of recounting the technical challenges that Goddard faced yet never lets the technology overwhelm the biography. In the era of "big science" projects may be lead by a person of singular genius, but the scale and scope is too big for person working alone to achieve mastery. Thus, while Goddard achieved first success with most aspects of liquid fueled rocketry, his rockets remained small while Germany pushed ahead to the larger V-2.

Yet he is the "forgotten man" of the space ag.

Yet he is the "forgotten man" of the space age. His own government ignored his rocketry until the Germans demonstrated its principles in the V-2 missiles of World War I. More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945) was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier. Supported by Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim, through fiery, often explosive, experiments at Roswell, New Mexico, he invented the methods that carried men to the moon. Today, no rocket or jet plane can fly without using his inventions.

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David Clary’s balanced biography attempts to separate the myths from the man and provides us with a unique . Born in 1882 to Bostonian Yankees of the late Victorian era, Goddard was a typical scientist of his time, interested in many things, from rocketry to electricity to solar power

David Clary’s balanced biography attempts to separate the myths from the man and provides us with a unique look at this undoubtedly unique and talented man. Goddard is a figure little known today, except for the NASA space science center that bears his name. Born in 1882 to Bostonian Yankees of the late Victorian era, Goddard was a typical scientist of his time, interested in many things, from rocketry to electricity to solar power. He was also physically frail, suffering and surviving an early attack of tuberculosis, and endlessly pampered and watched over by his mother, grandmother, and later, his wife. Goddard became famous again, monuments and medals raining upon his memory

Yet he is the "forgotten man" of the space age. His own government ignored his rocketry until the Germans demonstrated its principles in the V-2 missiles of World War II. The American government usurped his 214 patents, while suppressing his contributions in the name of national security, until it was forced to pay one million dollars for patent infringement. Goddard became famous again, monuments and medals raining upon his memory. But his renewed fame soon faded, and Goddard's pivotal role in launching the Space Age has been largely forgotten.

Now in paperback, the life and legacy of the much-overlooked yet highly influential Robert Goddard-the brilliant, eccentric, and controversial pioneer of the space age. Goddard was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier.

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Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, ushering in an era of space flight and innovation. He and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes as high as . km (. mi) and speeds as fast as 885 km/h (550 mph).

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More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945) was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier. Supported by Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim, through fiery, often explosive, experiments at Roswell, New Mexico, he invented the methods that carried men to the moon. Today, no rocket or jet plane can fly without using his inventions. Yet he is the "forgotten man" of the space age. His own government ignored his rocketry until the Germans demonstrated its principles in the V-2 missiles of World War II. The American government usurped his 214 patents, while suppressing his contributions in the name of national security, until it was forced to pay one million dollars for patent infringement. Goddard became famous again, monuments and medals raining upon his memory. But his renewed fame soon faded, and Goddard's pivotal role in launching the Space Age has been largely forgotten.
This book contains some valuable history. America led the world in rocket research and didn't take advantage of it.
This was an interesting story about an interesting man. Goddard comes across as quite stubborn and pretty selfish, as he takes all credit for even joint developments. But even with that said, he certainly was a pioneer in the rocketry arena.
A good read about the man, his dream, and his pluck and those that believed in him. I enjoyed this book.
Our son loves book about people who had a vision on sending people into space. Rocket man is about an author who developed rockets and how he did it.
I enjoyed this book and got to learn a lot about Dr Goddard and given I grew up in the town where he set off his first rocket the book had my total focus and interest.
I bought this as a gift for my father, who was with NASA during the salad days of the 1960's.
Clary's Rocket Man is a fine biography of Robert Goddard. The work is eminently readable. Clary does a fine job of recounting the technical challenges that Goddard faced yet never lets the technology overwhelm the biography. The key in a biography is to get to the underlying person and Clary does this very well.

Goddard sits on the transition between the age of the individual inventor and "big science". In the era of "big science" projects may be lead by a person of singular genius, but the scale and scope is too big for person working alone to achieve mastery. Thus, while Goddard achieved first success with most aspects of liquid fueled rocketry, his rockets remained small while Germany pushed ahead to the larger V-2. Clary touches on this issue but does not make it explicit.

Similarly, in weapons development and post-war sounding rockets the U.S. developed solid fuel rockets. Clary writes of Goddard turning away from solid fuel, but a Cal Tech team coming back to it. More development of the changes that made solid fuel viable in the '40s or why liquid fuel was desirable for later rockets would have been welcome.

These concerns are minor. Enjoy Clary's work and insight into this pioneer of rocketry.
I knew about Robert Hutchings Goddard at a very early age , and read everything I could find on his work. I happened on "Rocket Development" (published by Goddard's wife after his death)in a bargain book bin in 1956 ; after reading it from cover to cover several times , Goddard became one of my personal icons. I was sufficiently impressed by his accomplishments at the time to enroll as an aeronautical and aerospace engineering major as a freshman a year later.

The present work , "Rocket Man" , was very disappointing to me in several ways. Although the author has done some homework , he missed the mark by failing to include a more technical slant to the volume. He also tended to focus on Goddard's foibles and weaknesses , rather than the formidable accomplishments of his life's work. A more technical description of the problems facing this remarkable pioneer could only increase one's admiration for this solitary genius.

A key point that may have eluded many of Goddard's biographers , admirers , and detractors is that the man was a physicist and not an engineer. It was pointed out that Goddard the man did not stick with the task very well and was subject to becoming diverted from what should have been his true focus. He also spent much of his time (in my humble opinion) more or less reinventing things , whereas had he employed a mechanical engineer to Provide some help , his accomplishments would have probably come closer to some of his dreams.

As an overview of the book, author Cleary does give much credit to Harry Guggenheim , Charles A. Lindbergh Jr , Charles Greely Abbot and the Smithsonian , all of whom shared credit for support of Goddard and his research program. Although the author seemingly has a favorable attitude towards his subject , the book lacks warmth -- tends to be a bit too dry for my taste.

A decent work , but could have been a lot more interesting had some of the text and illustrations from "Rocket Development" , and possibly more photos from Goddard's archives been included. Only 3 stars from this reviewer ; recommended , but only in conjunction with a copy of "Rocket Development" in hand.