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Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long, Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon

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en Limba Engleză Carte Hardback – 03 Jan 2019
ThewholestoryoflaserweaponswithafocusonitsmanyinterestingcharactersandsometimesbizarreschemesThelaser--amilestoneinventionofthemid-twentiethcentury--quicklycapturedtheimaginationofthePentagonasthekeytotheultimateweapon.VeteransciencewriterJeffHechttellstheinsidestoryoftheadventuresandmisadventuresofscientistsandmilitarystrategistsastheyexertedHerculeanthoughoftenfutileeffortstoadaptthelaserformilitaryuses.Fromthe1950s'sci-fivisionofthe"deathray,"throughtheReaganadministration's"StarWars"missiledefensesystem,tomorepromisingdevelopmentstoday,Hechtprovidesanentertaininghistory.Astheauthorillustrates,therehasalwaysbeenagreatdealofenthusiasmandfalsestartssurroundinglasers.HedescribesagiantlaserthatfilledaBoeing747,laserspoweredlikerocketengines,plansforanorbitingfleetofroboticlaserbattlestationstodestroynuclearmissiles,claimsthatnuclearbombscouldproduceintenseX-raylaserbeams,andaschemetobouncelaserbeamsoffgiantorbitingrelaymirrors.Thosefar-outideasremainsciencefiction.Meanwhile,inciviliansectors,thelaserisalreadybeingsuccessfullyusedinfiberopticcables,scanners,medicaldevices,andindustrialcuttingtools.Nowthoselasercuttingtoolsareleadingtoanewgenerationoflaserweaponsthatjustmightstopinsurgentrockets.Repletewithinterestingcharacters,bizarreschemes,andwonderfulinventions,thisisawell-toldtaleabouttheevolutionoftechnologyandthereachesofhumanambition.
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ISBN-13: 9781633884601
ISBN-10: 1633884600
Pagini: 320
Dimensiuni: 159 x 236 x 32 mm
Greutate: 0.50 kg
Editura: Prometheus Books