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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overall summary of Space Flight
I have read this book over and over about 20 times and absolutely love it. There are many other books out there that also delve into the subject in great detail, but were not written to come down to the every day person level. It is not meant for the person that has aspirations of flying around the universe in a "USS Enterprise" vessel within the next 100...
Published on 9 May 1998

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starflight Handbook
Too much mathematical postulation. Also the book is from the 1980s although it was advertised as the latest advances in starflight.
Published on 28 Jan 2010 by Jen Fleming


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overall summary of Space Flight, 9 May 1998
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This review is from: The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel (Wiley Science Editions) (Paperback)
I have read this book over and over about 20 times and absolutely love it. There are many other books out there that also delve into the subject in great detail, but were not written to come down to the every day person level. It is not meant for the person that has aspirations of flying around the universe in a "USS Enterprise" vessel within the next 100 years, but looks at all of the possible means by which we may reach our nearest stars within the next 500-1000 years. Besides being great leisure reading it is also a great starting point for those people who wish to get more involved in the study of the theory around star flight. It left me with the impression that many many meathods have been devised and although many of them will probably never be realized, none should be discounted, because it will probably be some dreamer that actually stumbles on the loop hole in all of the "Laws" that enables us to blink out of existence here and re-appear many light years from our home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fasinating review of possible methods of interstellar flight, 17 Dec 1997
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This review is from: The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel (Wiley Science Editions) (Paperback)
This book takes the nuts and fits the bolts together. How could we hope to make it to the stars with real technology? Can we really answer this now? Mallove and Matloff have done just that. How to make a starship, based on what we really know today. What are the options? What needs to be done? Anyone who has looked up as a child to the stars, and who loves technical detail, will enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ad Astra Per Aspera, 15 April 2003
This review is from: The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel (Wiley Science Editions) (Paperback)
Any one who as a child looked up and pondered as to why the sky is blue, or what mysterious force keeps the moon there, will adore this book. As an astrophysicst myself I could read this book again and again. I am of the belief that it should be a recommened text for an Astrophysics course.
Its clear layout and part by part working through propulsive mechanisms both real and fanciful is commendable.
An addictive read although those of you who arent mathematically minded have no fear, the author guides you through the tentative steps like a tutor.
This is a definite must for all budding astrophysicsts and anyone out there who is Captain Kirk at heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 8 Nov 1998
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This review is from: The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel (Wiley Science Editions) (Paperback)
One of the most readable, interesting, and "gentle" space science books for the general reader I've ever come across. More, more, more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars To the Stars we go., 27 Jan 2013
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Very informative and in depth. I wonder if anyone has updated this in view of current understanding of the Universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all the heavens all the night, 3 Jan 2012
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This review is from: The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel (Wiley Science Editions) (Paperback)
absolutely brilliant book if dated in places re exo solar planets
fascianting read and describes in great detail the various ways to really get to the stars leaves star trek standing
although sceince based ideal for novice reader who will be enthralled
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starflight Handbook, 28 Jan 2010
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This review is from: The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel (Wiley Science Editions) (Paperback)
Too much mathematical postulation. Also the book is from the 1980s although it was advertised as the latest advances in starflight.
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