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Strange angel : the otherworldly life of rocket scientist John Whiteside Parsons

Author: George Pendle
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A lonely misfit born into a wealthy Pasadena family, as a boy Parsons read science fiction and launched rockets in his backyard. By his early twenties, he was a leader of Caltech's "Suicide Squad," the motley band of young enthusiasts who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But his visionary imagination also led him into the occult community thriving in 1930s Los Angeles, and when fantasy's pull became stronger  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Pendle, George, 1976-
Strange angel.
Orlando : Harcourt, c2005
(DLC) 2004010666
(OCoLC)55149255
Named Person: Jack Parsons; Jack Parsons
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George Pendle
ISBN: 9780547545363 0547545363
OCLC Number: 607490765
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (350 p.) : ill.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Paradise --
Moon child --
Erudition --
The suicide squad --
Fraternity --
The mass --
Brave new world --
Zenith --
Degrees of freedom --
A new dawn --
Rock bottom --
Into the abyss.
Responsibility: George Pendle.

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A lonely misfit born into a wealthy Pasadena family, as a boy Parsons read science fiction and launched rockets in his backyard. By his early twenties, he was a leader of Caltech's "Suicide Squad," the motley band of young enthusiasts who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But his visionary imagination also led him into the occult community thriving in 1930s Los Angeles, and when fantasy's pull became stronger than reality, he lost both his work and his wife. With a cast of characters that includes Aleister Crowley, Howard Hughes, L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Heinlein, Theodore von Kármán, and Albert Einstein, this book recovers a fascinating life and explores the unruly consequences of genius.

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