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The Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets

The Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets (Trade Paperback / Paperback, revised and expanded edition)

By Tennekes, Henk

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From the smallest gnat to the largest aircraft, all things that fly obey the same aerodynamic principles. In The Simple Science of Flight, Henk Tennekes investigates just how machines and creatures fly: what size wings they need, how much energy is required for their journeys, ho...w they cross deserts and oceans, how they take off, climb, and soar. Fascinated by the similarities between nature and technology, Tennekes offers an introduction to flight that teaches by association. Swans and Boeings differ in numerous ways, but they follow the same aerodynamic principles. Biological evolution and its technical counterpart exhibit exciting parallels. What makes some airplanes successful and others misfits? Why does the Boeing 747 endure but the Concorde now seem a fluke? Tennekes explains the science of flight through comparisons, examples, equations, and anecdotes. The new edition of this popular book has been thoroughly revised and much expanded. Highlights of the new material include a description of the incredible performance of bar-tailed godwits (7,000 miles nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand), an analysis of the convergence of modern jetliners (from both Boeing and Airbus), a discussion of the metabolization of energy featuring Lance Armstrong, a novel treatment of the aerodynamics of drag and trailing vortices, and an emphasis throughout on evolution, in nature and in engineering. Tennekes draws on new evidence on bird migration, new wind-tunnel studies, and data on new airliners. And his analysis of the relative efficiency of planes, trains, and automobiles is newly relevant. (On a cost-per-seat scale, a 747 is more efficient than a passenger car.)
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ISBN 9780262513135
Released NZ 15 Oct 2009
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, revised and expanded edition
Series The MIT Press
Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780262513135
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Released 15 Oct 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, revised and expanded edition
Edition revised and expanded edition
Author(s) By Tennekes, Henk
Series The MIT Press
Category Aerodynamics
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 216
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code 629.1323
Weight 408g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Aerodynamics, Flight
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text General/trade