"Brodsky gives an insider's view of everything from the creation and fixing of the first externally carried A-Bomb (the Mark 7) to the inception of the Space Age to how astronautics became an accredited curriculum to Brodsky's visions of a hydrogen-fuel based economy in the future. An engaging chronicle of deadly weapons, technological marvels, and the quirky human personalities behind the military and space age science that transformed the modern world, accessible to readers of all backgrounds and highly recommended." --Paul T. Vogel, Midwest Book Review
"Brodsky's story is compelling in part because of the important time span it covers, which he calls 'the glory days of engineering.' But it shouldn't be read as an exercise in nostalgia, particularly in a time and place where there is an increasing shortage and an increasing need for engineers. You can't read a single page of On the Cutting Edge without encountering the euphoria of discovery that is at the heart of the profession." --Mark McDermott , Easy Reader
About the Author
Dr. Robert F. Brodsky is a pioneer in both spacecraft design and the teaching of astronautics. Until his retirement in 1996, he was a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California, and he has held executive engineering positions at Sandia Corporation, Aerojet, Convair, and TRW Space and Technology. He was named Outstanding Aerospace Educator and University Professor of the Year, among many honors.