Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings?: flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different
Rutgers University Press,
What do a bumble bee and a 747 jet have in common? It’s not a trick question. The fact is they have quite a lot in common. They both have wings. They both fly. And they’re both ideally suited to it. They just do it differently.Why Don’t Jumbo Jets Flap Their Wings? offers a fascinating explanation of how nature and human engineers each arrived at powered flight. What emerges is a highly readable account of two very different approaches to solving the same fundamental problems of moving through the air, including lift, thrust, turning, and landing. The book traces the slow and deliberate evolutionary process of animal flight—in birds, bats, and insects—over millions of years and compares it to the directed efforts of human beings to create the aircraft over the course of a single century.Among the many questions the book answers:
- Why are wings necessary for flight?
- How do different wings fly differently?
- When did flight evolve in animals?
- What vision, knowledge, and technology was needed before humans could learn to fly?
- Why are animals and aircrafts perfectly suited to the kind of flying they do?
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|full_title||why don t jumbo jets flap their wings flying animals flying machines and how they are different|
|author||alexander david e|
|author||Alexander, David E., 1955-|
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|detailed_location_arlington||Central Adult Nonfiction|
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|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover|
|record_details||ils:.b13239788|Book|Books||English|Rutgers University Press,|c2009.|xiv, 278 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
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|subject_facet||Aeronautics -- Popular works, Airplanes -- Popular works, Animal flight -- Popular works, Birds -- Flight -- Popular works, Flying-machines -- Popular works|
|title_display||Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? : flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different|
|title_full||Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? : flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different / David E. Alexander|
|title_short||Why don't jumbo jets flap their wings? :|
|title_sub||flying animals, flying machines, and how they are different|