From the Earth to the Moon / Around the Moon

Description

Jules Verne (1828-1905) was internationally famous as the author of novels based on `extraordinary voyages.' His visionary use of new travel technologies inspired his readers to look to the industrial future rather than the remote past for their dreams of adventure. The popularity of his novels led directly to modern science fiction. In From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, Jules Verne turned the ancient fantasy of space flight into a believable technological possibility - an engineering dream for the industrial age. Directly inspired by Verne's story, enthusiasts worked successfully at overcoming the practical difficulties, and within a century, human beings did indeed fly to the Moon. Curiously, however, Verne is unlikely to have thought it possible that a manned projectile could actually be fired out of a giant cannon, rising higher than the Moon, swinging around it, and then landing safely back on Earth. He had used the science of the day to construct a literary conjuring trick, a hoax, one of the most successful in all history. By skilful misdirection he drew the attention of readers away from weaknesses in the project. Read the book and you, too, will be fooled into accepting the realistic possibility in Verne's time of that dream of flying to the Moon.

Details

Author(s)
Jules Verne, Dr. Keith Carabine, Alex Dolby
Format
Paperback | 448 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 23mm | 278g
Publication date
05 Aug 2011
Publisher
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publication City/Country
Herts, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
UK ed.
ISBN10
1840226706
ISBN13
9781840226706
Bestsellers rank
19,791