Why You Can’t Catch a Rocket to Mars, by Prof Lyndon Neal Smith PhD: #BookReview.

Stuart Aken

275 pages
Science & Scientists Humour/Automatic Control/Sherlock Holmes Mysteries

Subtitled: Some Personal Reflections on Science and Society.

Whether a reader can empathise with the writer of a book essentially driven by personal ambition, hopes, or dreams, depends on how that reader feels about those aims. I confess I’m definitely with the author here. Given the chance of a return flight to Mars, I’d jump at it! After all, having written a sci-fi trilogy set there, I’d love to experience the world in person.
Prof. Smith, an engineer by profession, has a deep understanding of the science and mechanics involved in getting transport off Earth and across millions of miles of hostile space to another planet. He also understands the need for such an enterprise (forgive the pun, but he’s also an avid fan of Star Trek!)
The book is divided into four parts, each subdivided into sections, and starts by…

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3 thoughts on “Why You Can’t Catch a Rocket to Mars, by Prof Lyndon Neal Smith PhD: #BookReview.

    1. My break was a spell on a Greek island, Skiathos, Tom. Unfortunately, we arrived a little too early in the season and it was rather cold for the first week, which is not good for a Greek island, as almost all eating is done outdoors! It warmed up for the second week. But we got a lot of walking in, as the island is very beautiful, almost entirely covered with native forest. And I did a lot of reading, too. Of course, the 700 emails awaiting my return took some time to handle! But it’s always worth coming offline for a while, especially when the world is in the dreadful state it is at present.


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