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Pigeon-guided missiles : and 49 other ideas that never took off

Author: James Moore; Paul Nero
Publisher: Stroud : History Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the Second World War, an American behavioural psychologist working with pigeons discovered that the birds could be trained to recognise an object and to peck at an image of it; when loaded into the nose-cone of a missile, these pecks could be translated into adjustments to the guidance fins, steering the projectile to its target. Pigeon-Guided Missiles reveals this and other fascinating tales of daring plans  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Moore, James.
Pigeon-Guided Missiles : And 49 Other Ideas That Never Took Off.
Stroud : The History Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Moore; Paul Nero
ISBN: 9780752466767 0752466763
OCLC Number: 771875434
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Title; CONTENTS; OUR THANKS; INTRODUCTION IN SEARCH OF HISTORY'S LOST IDEAS; 1 PIGEON-GUIDED MISSILES; 2 THE INTERNATIONAL 'HOT AIR' AIRLINE; 3 THE 'SPRUCE GOOSE'; 4 A SOUND PLAN FOR DEFENCE; 5 THE DIABOLICAL DEATH RAY; 6 TESLA'S EARTHQUAKE MACHINE; 7 EDISON'S CONCRETE FURNITURE; 8 THE MISPLACED MAGINOT LINE; 9 THE GREAT 'PANJANDRUM'; 10 THE FIRST CHANNEL TUNNEL; 11 LONDON'S EIFFEL TOWER; 12 NELSON'S PYRAMID; 13 WREN'S MISSING MARVELS; 14 THE TUMBLING ABBEY HABIT; 15 WHY LUTYENS' CATHEDRAL VANISHED; 16 NEW YORK'S DOOMED DOME; 17 EXPLODING TRAFFIC LIGHTS. 18 the steam-powered passenger carriage19 flying cars; 20 the atomic automobile; 21 the x-ray shoe-fitting machine; 22 the cure that killed; 23 the 'cloudbuster'; 24 the brand new continent of atlantropa; 25 a nation built on sand; 26 the darien debacle; 27 the lost us state of transylvania; 28 the french republican calendar; 29 latin monetary union; 30 a tax on light and air; 31 paxton's orbital shopping mall; 32 cincinnati's subway to nowhere; 33 is it a train or a plane?; 34 how the cape to cairo railway hit the buffers; 35 from russia to america by train. 36 british rail's flying saucer & the 'great space elevator'37 why the bathyscaphe was the depth of ambition; 38 the perpetual motion machine; 39 brunel's not so great eastern; 40 bessemer's anti-seasickness ship; 41 escape coffins for the mistakenly interred; 42 chadwick's miasma-terminating towers; 43 bentham's all-seeing panopticon; 44 the self-cleaning house; 45 the jaw-dropping diet; 46 a nutty plan to feed the masses; 47 ravenscar: the holiday resort that never was; 48 why smell-o-vision stank; 49 the metal cricket bat; 50 bicycle polo & other lost olympic sports; illustrations.
Responsibility: James Moore and Paul Nero.

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During the Second World War, an American behavioural psychologist working with pigeons discovered that the birds could be trained to recognise an object and to peck at an image of it;  Read more...

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