FLIGHT TECHNOLOGY AND METAPHYSICS ~ The Impact of Abstract Ideas on the Development of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Book review and technical detail FLIGHT TECHNOLOGY AND METAPHYSICS ~ The Impact of Abstract Ideas on the Development of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gideon Tolkowsky
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|Title||FLIGHT TECHNOLOGY AND METAPHYSICS ~ The Impact of Abstract Ideas on the Development of Aeronautics and Astronautics|
|Category||Science & Technology|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
In his absorbing, advisory accumulating of essays, Tolkowsky (Homage to Stretcher Bearer, 2009) examines the affiliation amid technology and metaphysics, absorption accurately on the history of flight.From its beginnings, flesh has been absorbed with the abstraction of aerial and the all-powerful abstruseness of alien space. In the beginning to this book, Tolkowsky speculates that “the problems that engineers administer their minds to and the solutions they find…are acerb afflicted by abstruse ideas.” He centers his essays on flight technology and metaphysics, based on the abstraction that man’s adeptness to fly “served as a starting band for an abysmal beachcomber of abstruse addition and amalgamation of technology with association in its broadest sense.” In Affiliate 1, he examines how Charles Darwin’s approach of change afflicted the accurate and airy communities of the 19th century. He accurately capacity Russian scientist Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky’s approach of “Homo cosmiscus,” or the abutting date of animal evolution, in which man would biologically acclimate to activity in outer space. This abstraction of “space colonization” is connected in Affiliate 2, comparing and allegory how bodies in Russia and the United States accept approached spiritual and engineering aspects of amplitude exploration. In the third chapter, the columnist dissects the religious motivations abaft mankind’s absorption in space, accurately analytical the credo of pagan sun adoration and its able acceptation in avant-garde adoration and technology. The final affiliate explains the aboriginal struggles of engineers, scientists and theorists gluttonous to body a aerial machine. With the author’s antecedent acquaintance as a action pilot and aeronautical engineer, he acutely shows admiration and adherence to the accountable matter. The book’s thesis is abnormal yet intriguing, acerb accurate with actual facts and developed calmly from affiliate to chapter. The book is appreciably explanative, if sometimes repetitious, and never advised bottomward by boundless accurate terminology. Although some of the account may be difficult to fathom, the book is generally engrossing; readers should be able to understand it after any antecedent ability of aesthetics or technology.A circuitous but acutely accounting account of abstruse accurate approach recommended for readers absorbed in new realms of thought.
This book is about the ways in which the development of technology impacts and is impacted by metaphysics - by abstract ideological currents and undercurrents that populate the environment in which the technology develops. The emphasis here is on the history of flight, both atmospheric flight and space flight. Much has been written and said about the interaction between the development of science (rather than technology) and ideology, or "metaphysics." Examples include the development of astronomy and geography, in terms of how these have been impacted by prevailing theories about the structure of the Solar System and Earth's status in it. Another example is represented by the diverging theories of evolution, which have deeply impacted biology, environmental sciences, and more. Both of the above ideological/scientific divergences were of course deeply anchored in religious beliefs and impacted them. In order to expand the same argument regarding the interface between science and metaphysics, and also apply it to the technology/metaphysics domain, we delve into the differences between science and technology. The bulk of this book centers on aviation and space-flight technologies, and attempts to place those in the context of abstract ideologies and ideas that surrounded their development at the time. Why the choice of those particular technological domains of all the huge variety of technologies that have developed in the last two centuries since the Industrial Revolution? The latter, in a way, served as a starting line for an unfathomable wave of technological innovation and merging of technology with society in its broadest sense.
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