The Invention of the Airplane: Patricia Hutchison
Fresh from successful flights before royalty in Europe, and soon after thrilling hundreds of thousands of people by flying around the Statue of Liberty, in the fall of 1909 Wilbur and Orville Wright decided the time was right to begin manufacturing their airplanes for sale. Backed by Wall Street tycoons, including August Belmont, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, and Andrew Freedman, the brothers formed the Wright Company. But all was not well in Dayton, a city that hummed with industry, producing cash registers, railroad cars, and many other products. The brothers found it hard to transition from running their own bicycle business to being corporate executives responsible for other people´s money. Their dogged pursuit of enforcement of their 1906 patent - especially against Glenn Curtiss and his company - helped hold back the development of the U.S. aviation industry. When Orville Wright sold the company in 1915, more than three years after his brother´s death, he was a comfortable man - but his company had built only 120 airplanes at its Dayton factory and Wright Company products were not in the U.S. arsenal as war continued in Europe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pete Ferrand. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022585/bk_acx0_022585_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hear about the 50 most important events in the 20th century, from the Chinese Boxer Rebellion in 1900 to the Y2K bug. This book is perfect for history lovers. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events that changed our planet´s history forever. Some of them include: Wright Brothers fly first motorized airplane (1903) Sinking of the Titanic (1912) Beginning of World War I (1914) The Spanish Flu pandemic (1918) Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor (1933) Beginning of World War II (1939) First satellite, Sputnik I launched (1957) Oil crisis (1973) Chernobyl disaster (1986) Scientists clone sheep (1997) And many, many more The book takes you through the most important events of the 20th century. This is the perfect resource for students and anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge in history. Download your copy now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Colby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069752/bk_acx0_069752_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Flyer Flew!:The Invention of the Airplane Lee Sullivan Hill
Edwin Grosvenor writes of Bell´s other extraordinary inventions: the first transmission of sound over light waves, metal detector, first practical phonograph, and early airplanes, including the first to fly in Canada. He also examines Bell´s humanitarian efforts, including support for women´s suffrage, civil rights, and speeches about what he warned would be a ´´greenhouse effect´´ of pollution causing global warming. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donald Corren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001267/bk_high_001267_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1910, when Olaf F. Larson was born to tenant livestock and tobacco farmers in Rock County, Wisconsin, the original barn still stood on the property. It was filled with artifacts of an earlier time - an ox yoke, a grain cradle, a scythe used to cut hay by hand. But Larson came of age in a brave new world of modern inventions - tractors, trucks, combines, airplanes - that would change farming and rural life forever. When Horses Pulled the Plow is Larson´s account of that rural life in the early 20th century. He weaves invaluable historical details - including descriptions of farm equipment, crops, and livestock - with wry tales about his family, neighbors, and the one-room schoolhouse he attended, revealing the texture of everyday life in the rural Midwest almost a century ago. This memoir, written by Larson in his ninth decade, provides a wealth of details recalled from an earlier era and an illuminating listen for anyone with their own memories of growing up on a farm. The book is published by the University of Wisconsin Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Reeves. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064443/bk_acx0_064443_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chase Baker, Renaissance man and adventurer is back. When a flirtatious, beautiful young woman by the name of Andrea Gallo claims to be a fan of his pulp novels, Chase can´t resist reciprocating in the lusty attraction. But that night, while the two enjoy a romantic evening of wine and love in his Florence apartment, he is suddenly kidnapped from his bed by two thugs who turn out not only to be working for Great Britain´s infamous MI-16, but also working side-by-side with Gallo. Duped once again, Chase wants to bid his newfound romance a quick ´´arrivederci´´ and be on his way. But when they tell him they desperately need his help to uncover a legendary cave in the Northern Italian forest before a team of Russian and Iranian hardliners do, he feels compelled to help out, regardless of their rather unsound method of capturing his attention. But what´s so special about the cave? It´s said to be the very same cave that Leonardo da Vinci discovered as a young man back in the mid-15th century, and where he not only learned the secrets behind his many inventions, including the airplane, but where he was exposed to the very meaning behind God´s divine plan for mankind. Why is the MI-16 so desperate to uncover the cave before the bad guys do? Whoever discovers it first will possess the knowledge and the power to take over the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew B. Wehrlen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080785/bk_acx0_080785_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to know how the Human Race got to where it is today? Hear about the 50 most important events in human history, from the first civilizations to the birth of the Internet. This book is perfect for history lovers. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events that changed the course of history forever. Some of them include: The first civilization in Mesopotamia in 3,000 BC The Norman invasion of England in 1066 The invention of the printing press by Johannes Guttenberg around 1450 The French Revolution in 1789 The first motorized airplane flight in 1903 The moon landing in 1969 and many more The book includes explanations to every event, making this the perfect resource for students and anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge of history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063790/bk_acx0_063790_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the acclaimed author of The Pencil and To Engineer Is Human, The Essential Engineer is an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address our world´s most pressing issues, from dealing with climate change and the prevention of natural disasters to the development of efficient automobiles and the search for renewable energy sources. While the scientist may identify problems, it falls to the engineer to solve them. It is the inherent practicality of engineering, which takes into account structural, economic, environmental, and other factors that science often does not consider, that makes engineering vital to answering our most urgent concerns. Henry Petroski takes us inside the research, development, and debates surrounding the most critical challenges of our time, exploring the feasibility of biofuels, the progress of battery-operated cars, and the question of nuclear power. He gives us an in-depth investigation of the various options for renewable energy - among them solar, wind, tidal, and ethanol - explaining the benefits and risks of each. Will windmills soon populate our landscape the way they did in previous centuries? Will synthetic trees, said to be more efficient at absorbing harmful carbon dioxide than real trees, soon dot our prairies? Will we construct a sunshade in outer space to protect ourselves from dangerous rays? In many cases, the technology already exists. Whats needed is not so much invention as engineering. Just as the great achievements of centuries past - the steamship, the airplane, the moon landin - once seemed beyond reach, the solutions to the 21st century´s problems await only a similar coordination of science and engineering. Eloquently reasoned and written, The Essential Engineer identifies and illuminates these problems and, above all, sets out a course for putting ideas into action. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Deakins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002199/bk_rand_002199_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.