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Falling upwards [electronic resource] : How We Took to the Air.

Holmes, Richard. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780307908704 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
  • Date Published: 2013.

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Summary, etc.: Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject.Dramatic sequences move from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries; the crazy firework flights of beautiful Sophie Blanchard; the revelatory ascents over the great Victorian cities and sprawling industrial towns of Northern Europe; the astonishing long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise, and the French photographer Felix Nadar, to the terrifying high-altitude flights of James Glaisher FRS who rose above seven miles without oxygen, helping to establish the new science of meteorology as well as the environmental notion--so important to us today--of a "fragile" planet. Balloons were also used to observe the...
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : Pantheon, 2013. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 25964 KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Genre: Electronic books.

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