The Race for Technology: Conquering the High Frontier

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AuthorHouse, Sep 4, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 152 pages
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This third book in the Technology Trilogy describes the development of several emerging technologies from 1970 to the start of the 3rd millennium written to explain the human side of science and technology.  Against a background of world space exploration, the Cold War, U.S. defense systems, European Space Agency imaging of Halley’s Comet, search for the Soviet nuclear explosion at Chernobyl, Russia’s crash space programs, and the runaway 1995 Hurricane Season, these three decades kept our nation alerted to communist aggressions.  Once again you are there through the author’s eyewitness experiences in one adventure after another – from the continued assault on Mars to an in-flight refueling of a B52 bomber and the technology education of gifted young people.  While each chapter stands on its own merit, each presents a separate view of the entire picture of the last quarter of the 20th century.  If you remember the 20th century, or if you want to gain a glimpse of world events at the end of the century, you will want to read this exciting book.

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About the author (2008)

Tom Becker graduated college as a history teacher drawn into the world of space technologies and photojournalism, spending forty years teaching gifted young people and researching in America and Europe.  An eyewitness to the 20th century, his work took him from the launch pads of Apollo-Saturn moon rockets to the doorstep of North Atlantic hurricanes and the look-alike Mars geology of the American southwest.  He taught technology to gifted high-schoolers in the Missouri Scholars Academy and at the British space school at Brunel University in west London – and monitored culture and technology from Arizona’s Meteor Crater to the Thames River Flood Barrier.  He has written more than 300 articles and 12 books.  Tom lives in Pottstown, Pennsylvania where he gives seminars and speaks to audiences about science and cultural issues.  Speaking from a global viewpoint, he is able to relate the past to the present and the future as America begins the 3rd millennium enmeshed in the development of newer technologies.

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