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5.0 out of 5 stars A great journey into space, 25 Jan 2010
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Michael Marett-crosby (Jersey, Channel Islands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: How Spacecraft Fly: Spaceflight Without Formulae (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book. I picked up a copy with very little knowledge of the subject,and was amazed - yes, by how much I didn't know but also by how well Swinerd explains his subject. He promises a book without equations and formulae and achieves it. This is clear to follow, humourous and engaging. Successive chapters deal with the various types of orbit and how to reach them and then the process by which a spaceship is built. He's an expert in the field but doesn't wear his knowledge too thick. He even looks into the future and offers a hopeful account of humanity's further engagement with the stars. This book is well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review, 2 Nov 2009
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The book provides a thorough overview of spacecraft design that is easy to understand and is well suited to those without any prior exposure to the field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining, 17 Mar 2010
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G. Carr (Southampton U.K.) - See all my reviews
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As a science fiction fan with little or no scientific knowledge I found this book provided a fascinating insight into the basics of space orbits and why we are able to send huge lumps of metal out into space,some keeping close to earth to help with the way we live, some flying on to provide even more data to help us understand our world.

Graham Swinerd maintains a light touch always keeping the flow of information entertaining but without compromising the necessary science. A good starting point for anyone interested in spaceflight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spacecraft without maths, 11 Dec 2010
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Luca Degasper (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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I reckon this book will be very useful to everyone who, for study or personal interest, is interested in knowing more about spacecraft, how they are designed and how they fly. Concepts are explained without getting too much into detail, avoiding formulae which might put some people off reading.
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How Spacecraft Fly: Spaceflight Without Formulae by Graham Swinerd (Hardcover - 27 Nov 2008)
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