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The Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets (MIT Press) by [Tennekes, Henk]
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"This was a great little book when it came out in its original edition; this new version is even better, as it contains both Henk's homage to his favorite flying machine (Boeing 747) and explanations based on some of the unexpected results of recent experiments with bird flight (including a phenomenal gliding jackdaw). Read it, then watch the birds and planes, and then dip into it again and again."--Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba, and author of "Global Catastrophes and Trends"

"One gets a fine sense of how so much of aircraft design--whether by humans or by evolution--depends on size and mission. This new version of "The Simple Science of Flight" broadens the enlightenment that so many of us found appealing in its predecessor. It yields even more of that satisfying 'now I understand what's happening' rather than the usual 'how brilliant those designers must be.' And I know of no book that derives such an awesome wealth of insight from such simple quantification. Beyond being informative, it provides pleasant reading--for any one who travels by air, watches animals fly, or dreams of learning to fly."--Steven Vogel, James B. Duke Professor, Emeritus, Duke University

About the Author

Henk Tennekes is Director of Research Emeritus at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at Free University, Amsterdam, and Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He is the coauthor of A First Course in Turbulence (MIT Press, 1972).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2881 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 2 edition (4 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V9XUFU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tennekes' book is a real treasure in its field! The author's strength lies in explaining in a comprehensible manner which flight parameters are essential for flying objects in general and by using easy to understand comparison examples he shows that there are many connections between the "design principles" of birds and airplanes. The revised version contains many new interesting facts and considering the price/quality ratio there is no better opportunity to fight the financial crisis than by buying this book!.

The reason that I take the opportunity to write a bit more is to question some points which would, in my opinion, deserve closer consideration when preparing the (I hope) next issue. Where civil aviation is concerned, a favourite victim for comparison is the motorcar. Tennekes (with Delft aeronautical background), who otherwise is known for his emphasis on a sound scientific approach, also relies in some examples upon arbitrary comparisons with cars. What always appears to be forgotten is that civil aviation transport has totally different basic requirements when compared to private motorcar use. To give an example, just think about the situation in which all motorcar drivers would have to comply with the same strict employment standards as applied to pilots; no doubt already for reasons of filtering out all risky drivers and alcohol abstention (at least during flight) an enormous leap in road safety improvement would be the result. Indeed roads would be quite empty too!
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The comparisons between human engineering and nature are extraordinary. This book is written in such a way that makes it readable, without compromising the science it’s trying to explain. If you want to stop and spend time studying the equations and calculations in more detail, you can, but it’s not essential to get a good degree of understanding on the topics discussed. Anyone who is fascinated by things that fly will find this book a very enjoyable and interesting read.

If you are looking to go into a career in aviation-related engineering or as a pilot, then this is also a good book to start you off. It’s not as detailed in some areas as you might need to study, but it does help ease you into the topics without blowing you away with maths and physics.

As a pilot I highly recommend this book.
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The title does say: 'the simple science' and that is what the book is about. I enjoyed reading it as it does introduce you to the world of the science of flight. It does explain some formulas and presents some good examples. Do not expect to take you into much details and therefore would not recommend it to someone who knows about flight engineering.
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I was disappointed by this book. The author is clearly very knowledgable but there are too many formulas and there is too much repetition for this to be truly a 'simple' guide.
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Reasonable book but author trivialises some explanations, makes assumptions without explaining them and sometimes glances over points which require a little bit more detail.
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