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A Very Readable Technical Adventure for the Untechnical
on 6 June 2010
I remember the boyhood thrills of Donald Campbell's Bluebird and I had a Corgi model of one and this book easily transports the reader back to that Boys Own technical adventure. It is readable but you also feel, as a non-engineer, that you are jogging along with the science of it all and the engineering detail is well presented and understandable. To see the project through the eyes of a young designer on the project is fascinating but he never lets himself become the story rather than its grand figures, which is good journalism.
It is amazing, as with Formula One, how dominant the British have been in world speed records and this is a good insight into why. If you have the childhood memories or are simply fascinated by these triumphs of science and courage, or even if you are just deeply technically interested this is a good book to get.