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Dynamics of Airplanes and Airplane Structures

Nature volume 130, page 383 (10 September 1932) | Download Citation



THIS is distinctly an American students' textbook that has no counterpart in Great Britain. It is obviously the work of skilled mathematicians, who have applied their knowledge to the investigation of some of the peculiar problems of the aeroplane. They have evidently treated their subject multum in parvo, and have rigidly resisted the temptation to stray from the application of mathematics to the problems before them, into the more philosophical outlook, which is so often the case with books of this description. The reader's taste will decide whether or not this is an advantage. This narrow outlook is not an ideal training for the student, but on the other hand it must be admitted that the authors do ‘deliver the goods’ and in a volume of reasonable size. Judged from the point of view of the English educational system, it is recommended for reading to a student who, having already studied the fundamentals of aeronautics, will benefit by approaching the subject from a somewhat different point of view, before taking up the deeper detailed investigations, as published in monographs such as the Aeronautical Research Committee Reports and Memoranda.

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