- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Overlook Books (April 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879518391
- ISBN-13: 978-0879518394
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Flight of Dragons Paperback – April 1, 1998
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A similar idea was later done in the documentary Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real, though this documentary portrayed dragons quite differently from how Dickinson portrays them (and in my opinion it also portrayed the dragons a lot better, with the exception of the rather silly concept of platinum being used as the catalyst for fire-breathing).
The Flight of Dragons begins with the whole problem of how something as gigantic as a dragon could fly. Dickinson offers the idea that they contained massive quantities of hydrogen gas, which made the dragon almost like a living balloon or airship. This hydrogen needed to be burned off now and then and this is how the dragon's fire-breathing capabilities are explained. (NOTE: The dragons-used-hydrogen idea has also been used in a number of later speculations other than Dickinson's).
To produce the hydrogen, the dragons ingested large quantities of calcium, obtained from limestone caves (a classic dragon habitat), from the bones of their prey and from partial digestion of their skeleton. The large acid chambers that comprise much of the dragons' interior structures form the basis for the myths about dragons having "poisonous blood".
Dickinson avoids the whole six-limbed-tetrapods issue by rejecting the idea that the wings developed from the forearms (as was the case in birds, bats and pterosaurs), and instead portraying the wings as fin-like extensions of the ribcage. Because the wings are used more for steering and propulsion rather than lift, they needed hardly any flight muscle.Read more ›
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Does not play, it is a burned copy. I was under the impression it was new. Asking for a refund. Took along time to get here.Published 5 months ago by Darren
The book & the movie really need to be a set, they just complement each other!Published 6 months ago by Joseph D
My wife mentioned in passing that she had this book when in college but it got lost over time and really thought our daughter (a Dragon 'nut') would have liked it. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Dan Linder
With this highly-illustrated nonfiction text, Dickinson intends to prove the existence of dragons: gigantic, firebreathing, flying reptiles. Read morePublished on September 21, 2007 by Juushika
This phenomenal book from 1979 attempts to show how Dragons could really have existed, and sets about solving all the "fantastic" issues surrounding them through "scientific... Read morePublished on July 12, 2006 by EquesNiger
This book is a most excellent description of dragon anatomy and physiology. Dickinson's approach to the acceptance of wonder and magic by a scientific young man is heartwarming... Read morePublished on January 3, 1999 by Emily (Dragongrl17@hotmail.com)
What can i say..i saw the movie when i was 4 years old and read the book as soon as i was able..recently i was looking for a first edition and learned the price... Read morePublished on January 3, 1999