Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology Through History (BOK)

Alfred W. Crosby

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Historian Alfred W. Crosby looks at hard, accurate throwing and the manipulation of fire as unique human capabilities. Humans began throwing rocks in prehistory and then progressed to javelins, atlatls, bows and arrows. We learned to make fire by friction and used it to cook, drive game, burn out rivals, and alter landscapes. In historic times we invented catapults, trebuchets, and such flammable liquids as Greek Fire. About 1,000 years ago we invented gunpowder, which accelerated the rise of empires and the advance of European imperialism. In the 20th century, gunpowder weaponry enabled us to wage the most destructive wars of all time, peaking at the end of World War II with the V-2 and atomic bomb. Today, we have turned our projectile talents to space travel which may make it possible for our species to migrate to other bodies of our solar system and even other star systems.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Alfred W. Crosby
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521156318
Antall sider 218 Dimensjoner 14cm x 21,6cm x 1,4cm
Vekt 260 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form History of engineering & technology, Ordnance, weapons technology