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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Birth of Modern Politics”


The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828. By Lynn Hudson Parsons. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. This is an enjoyable and enlightening new book on the election of Andrew Jackson in … Continue reading

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Jerome C. Hunsaker and the Development of Aviation in America


I gained a new appreciation for Jerome Clarke Hunsaker (1886-1984) at the recent NACA Centenary Symposium held in Washington on March 3 and 4, 2015. His fingerprints are all over the history of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and … Continue reading

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Fielding New Army Air Forces Fighter Aircraft for World War II


During the 1930s the United States fell behind other nations in the development of fighter aircraft. This was explained in part by the Army Air Corps’ concentration on developing long-range bombers. At the opening of the war the U.S. relied … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Edge of Physics”


The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. By Anil Ananthaswamy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. The author of The Edge of Physics claims that the study of physics is in crisis, … Continue reading

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NASA Aeronautics Research Goes Digital


During the latter 1960s and into the 1970s NASA pursued digital computational capabilities and achieved several significant results. One of the great successes in this arena has been the development of Digital Fly-By-Wire (DFBW) technology. The DFBW program originated at NASA’s Flight … Continue reading

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NASA Aeronautics in an Age of Spaceflight: Transformations


When the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) became NASA in 1958 the organizations that were still charged with aeronautical research underwent a transformation every bit as striking as the reorganization that made the great successes in spaceflight of the 1960s … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Discovery of Global Warming”


The Discovery of Global Warming. By Spencer Weart. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004, rev. ed. 2008. A centrally important study in the vital center of debate about studies of global warming is Spencer Weart’s The Discovery of Global Warming, … Continue reading

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Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #15


For those in the Washington, D.C., area on March 30, 2015, we will be holding our next Space Policy and History Forum where we will feature Teasel Muir-Harmony of the American Institute of Physics presenting “Astronaut Ambassadors: The Apollo 11 … Continue reading

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Announcing a National Academies Presentation: “Our Place in the Universe, As Seen Through Past, Present, and Future Telescopes”


Our Place in the Universe, As Seen Through Past, Present, and Future Telescopes “What is our place in Universe?” Throughout human history, astronomy has repeatedly overthrown our understanding of this question and new telescopes and astronomers continue to do so. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Myth, Memory, and the Making of the American Landscape”


Myth, Memory, and the Making of the American Landscape. Edited by Paul A. Shackel. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001. This is an interesting collection of essays on various aspects of public memory. The editor, University of Maryland professor Paul … Continue reading

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