Signed Copy of Modeling Ships and Space Craft!

bookcover.pngGiving away a signed copy of my book, Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceans and Sky.

What do you need to do to win?

1) Join the Modeling Ships and Space Craft group on Facebook  

and

2) Suggest a topic for discussion.

I’ll take the info from all who participate by the end of February and draw a winner’s name!

Good luck!

David Taylor

TaylorI’m tremendously interested in the ways technology evolved in the 20th century. There are so many things we use today that simply didn’t exist at the end of the 1800’s. And yet here we are, taking ocean voyages on vessels with gyroscopes to stabilize them, watching planes take off from the deck of carriers, lighting our world with bulbs instead of flames. For me, one of the most fascinating innovations of that time is the use of model basins for the testing of scale-models of ships before the ships were built –- a practice still in widespread use today.

At the start of the twentieth century, the US Navy needed to design ships of metal, with propellers and engines, to replace their fleet of wooden sailing vessels. Until that time the norm had been to build a ship and then see how it performed. This time, the Navy decided to follow the example of the navies of Europe and test scale-models first. But before they could test the models, they needed a place to test them. Wait! There’s more!

Gravity Demo by Bill Nye

Bill Nye the Science Guy demonstrates the effect of gravity.

How This Works

I blog here three times a week about things related to fluid dynamics. Each week covers one topic. On Wednesday there is an image or video. On my general science blog, Synthesis, I select three or four topics each month to investigate. The information I present is from original research and interviews – not a re-hash of what has been printed elsewhere.

This month the Synthesis topics are Worldwide Species Survival with the focus on the new Andean bear cubs at the National Zoo in Washington, Alternative Energy Sources with the focus on a BioFuels Primer and a look at the technology in the world’s newest green city, and Adaptive Clinical Trials with the focus on what they mean for new cancer  treatments.

You can reach Synthesis by clicking on the Synthesis tab at the top of this page. To return here, click the Fluid Dynamics tab at the top of the Synthesis page. I hope you’ll take the time to visit often.

Also, please give a Like to Modeling Ships and Space Craft on Facebook! For more information on fluid dynamics and/or scale model testing, check out my book.

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