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The magic of a name Hardcover – 1 Jan 1950
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As the son of a pedantic engineer who had many small foibles, such as the correct way to cut a tomato, I found myself smiling at Nockolds' description of Royce's method for boiling a potato.
Far more than just a history of an engineering genius behind the "Name" this book reveals many fascinating details of the personalities involved. The statistics and reports of lbs per inch thrust, mph, rpm, rate of climb - dealing with the Merlin aero engine - make this a read for someone with a technical interest but it is a mere sheen without delving into formula.
As Nockolds' points out Royce was more of a practical engineer than a theory man, apparently he could look at a mathmatical formula, see the result and tell the writer "I think you might have a decimal point in the wrong place!" We are also told Royce never used a slide rule, he came up with designs and sketched them out, what would he have made of today's reliance on computers.
Best of all my book was the 1959 reprint so it did not bring the story up to date and it looked as if it was collected but not read.