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Prologue 1 Sputnik and the 50-year rule 2 The first rockets 3 The alchemists 4 Congreve s ricochet rockets 5 The rockets red glare 6 After Waterloo 7 The dream of space 8 Civil rockets 9 The universal touring gene 10 A question of fuels 11 Chasing Goddard 12 Rockets in World War II 13 The Space Age 14 The alternatives Postscript Acknowledgements References Index

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Peter Macinnis has been involved in bringing science to the general public for many years, in print, on line and on air on the ABC. Formerly a science teacher, he has written a number of school textbooks and science readers. After leaving teaching he worked at the Powerhouse Museum and the Australian Museum. He is now a full-time writer for adults and children.

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