Archive for Author 'Bill Ingalls', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Rocket Development with Liquid Propellants

by W H J Riedel

In 1939 the author became Chief Designer at the V-2 rocket development center. Prior to that, he helped early German rocket designer Max Valier develop a series of CO2 and liquid oxygen-alcohol rocket engines and rocket-driven cars to promote Heylandt products.

The Aleppo Codex

by Matti Friedman

A 10th-century sacred text survives a thousand years—only to be partially stolen during or after being moved from its hiding place in a Syrian synagogue to the newly founded state of Israel.

Code Warriors

by Stephen Budiansky

Shakespearean personalities intertwine with Faustian bargains to achieve turf-guarding victories between the various US intelligence agencies, creating a bureaucratic environment where control of the secret becomes more important than the secret itself.

Memories Of The Moon Age

by Lukas Feireiss

The book is small enough to slip into your coat pocket but deals with big ideas about our celestial neighbor and also life and the meaning thereof right here on terra firma. From the ancients to modern pop culture, everyone has something to say about the Moon.

Something New Under the Sun, The History of America’s First Car

by Carol Jean Lambert

Not, not Henry Ford but the author’s great-grandfather, in 1891. Didn’t know that? Well, this book is well intended, and colorful, but a bit light on the sort of data that engineering folk would crave.

Mercer Magic

by Clifford W. Zink

Worth millions today, these high-performance cars were built by the heir to a bridge-building dynasty who died tragically on the Titanic. But wait, there’s more, a lot more. And it’s all here in the first complete history of the Mercer automobile.

The Winds of December, Cuba: 1958

by John Dorschner & Roberto Fabricio

Why steer you towards a 35-year-old book? Because Cuba is moving into our consciousness again and this book was then and still is an essential guide to understanding the US–Cuba situation. Also, the same traits that brought Castro to the fore are surely the reason he stayed in power for so long.

Twelve Tomorrows

Edited by Bruce Sterling

A science fiction story collection published every year by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their objective is to bring new technologies to the public’s attention through the popular medium of science fiction.

Cosmos, The Infographic Book of Space

by Stuart Lowe & Chris North

Space. You know it’s out there, but sizes, distances, temporal relationships are impossibly hard to visualize. Not anymore.

Rise Of The Robots, Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

by Martin Ford

You may want to rethink your New Year’s resolutions—because The Robots are coming! No kidding. For real. Ford has worked years in this field, so don’t shrug this off.

Keep A Knockin’, The Story of a Legendary Drummer

by Charles Connor with Ziv Biton

When the now 80-year-old Connor joined The Upsetters (aka Little Richard’s band) he was only 18. The band didn’t have a bass player so he had to drum extra hard—enabling him to “upset” many a musical convention with innovative rhythm work.

How to Build a Car: A high-speed adventure of mechanics, teamwork, and friendship

by Lacey & Sodomka

Have you heard the one about a mouse, a frog, and a bird building a car? Not a joke, this charming book for inquisitive young minds explains how a car works—and how you can’t, really, build one on your own.