A compilation and embellishment of about 100 selected "Daedalus" schemes, which first appeared in "New Scientist" in the mid-sixties and transferred to Nature in the eighties. The "Daedalus" pieces harness accepted scientific principles in pursuit of apparently fantastic technical goals. While these flights of fancy are entertaining they have a serious purpose, raising questions in the reader's mind. This collection comprises the selected original article together with a "From Daedalus's Notebook" piece, written especially for the book, buttressing the proposal with background material, data, calculations, references, and so on, and a cartoon illustration.Über den Autor:
David Jones is an independent science consultant to industry and the media, providing--among other things--ideas, brainstorming services, and scientific demonstrations for television. He now and again conducts research into physical chemistry as a guest member of the staff at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
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