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Dream of Spaceflight

Dream of Spaceflight - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0306810480

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ISBN13: 978-0306810480
ISBN10: 0306810484
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Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Published: 2000
International: No

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Dream of Spaceflight - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0306810480

Wyn Wachhorst

ISBN13: 978-0306810480
ISBN10: 0306810484
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Da Capo Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

One of few truly gifted essayists who have turned their talents to science, Wyn Wachhorst here fashions a luminous meditation on the meaning of space exploration from a montage of images and reflections on humanity's dream of space-flight. In a survey of major figures from Johannes Kepler to Wernher von Braun, he sees in the rise of spaceflight a metaphor of modern history as a recurrent story of transformation and rebirth. Other essays offer new perspectives on the nature of wonder, recall the romantic vision of the decades prior to Sputnik (''nostalgia for a bygone future''), and look at the larger meaning of the moon landing, seeing in spaceflight not only a spiritual quest in the broadest sense of the word, but a cure for the withered capacity for wonder that afflicts the postmodern mind.

Author Bio

Wyn Wachhorst earned his Ph.D. in American history from Stanford University and has taught history and American studies at the University of California and San Jose State

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