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Modeling Ships and Space Craft

Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceans and Sky begins with the theories of Aristotle and Archimedes, moving on to examine the work of Froude and Taylor, the early aviators and the Wright Brothers, Goddard and the other rocket men, and the computational fluid dynamic models of our time. It examines the ways each used fluid dynamic principles in the design of their vessels. In the process, this book covers the history of hydrodynamic (aero and fluid) theory and its progression -- with some very accessible science examples -- including seminal theories. Hydrodynamic principles in action are also explored with examples from nature and the works of man. This is a book for anyone interested in the history of technology -- specifically the methods and science behind the use of scale models and hydrodynamic principles in the marine and aeronautical designs of today.
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Table of Contents

Preface.- Part I - Fluid Dynamics in Action.- Chapter 1 - Airborne Creatures.- Chapter 2 - Human Innovation.- Chapter 3 - Aquatic Creatures.- Part II - Evolution of Theory.- Chapter 4 - Hydrodynamic Theorists.- Chapter 5 - Aerodynamic Theorists.- Part III - Scale Model Testing Begins.- Chapter 6 - William Froude.- Chapter 7 - David Watson Taylor.- Chapter 8 - Early Aviators.- Chapter 9 - The Wright Brothers.- Chapter 10 - Rocketmen.- Part IV - Model Testing Today.- Chapter 11 - Computational Fluid Dynamics.- Glossary.- Bibliography.

About the Author

Gina Hagler is a freelance writer and member of the National Association of Science Writers, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Her scientific interests range from the history of scientific discoveries to the science of sports, with a special focus on the rapid introduction of new technologies at the start of the twentieth century. Her work has been published in a number of venues and she blogs regularly about science and technology at


From the reviews: "Science writer Hagler begins with an introduction to fluid dynamics, focusing on birds, bats, insects, seeds, etc. The author then discusses ships and airplanes. She addresses the history of fluid dynamics in some detail. ... the book does contain some good writing and interesting information on the history of technology. Summing Up: Recommended. ... General readers and professionals/practitioners." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 51 (5), January, 2014)

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