Frontiers of Propulsion Science (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics) Illustrated Edition
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About the Author
Eric Davis is a Senior Research Physicist at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, and the CEO of Warp Drive Metrics. His research specializations include breakthrough propulsion physics, general relativity, and quantum field theories. He is a technical contributor and consultant to the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program. His graduate research included the Voyager 1 & 2 and IRAS space missions. Davis has authored papers on the vacuum zero-point energy, wormholes, warp drives, and laser propulsion. He earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Phoenix College, a BS and PhD in Physics from the University of Arizona, and is a Fellow of the British
- Publisher : AIAA; Illustrated edition (January 30, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 739 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1563479567
- ISBN-13 : 978-1563479564
- Item Weight : 2.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.7 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,158,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trying to sumarize everything within this book, I should state that contains all the most important breakthroughts at this time from inertial theories to metamaterials (although slightly mentioned and not directly studied), including Brown, Searl and Podkletnov amazing effects. To this point, and in my opinion, I must clarify that I DISAGREE with all the conclusions about this theories in this book. I should state, that in my opinion again, all this effects shares the same basis that make them to work. Therefore, I think the underlying effect in all of them has been omited and has not been properly investigated.
First, for example, concerning the Brown effect, I think ionization is just one part of the story, but not the real explanation. It is just a side effect, and it seems here research just stopped (officialy). For further information check secret's B2 bomber propulsion system. Again, real effect has not been explained, just one part of it.
Second, regarding SEG/MEC devices mentioned on this book, the non disclosure agreement within authors in book makes things to get not clear enough. Book treats this as just a "null result", when almost is undone yet with this device. By the way, and in any case, energy generation is just another side effect of this device, and not the real and important one (drop in temperatures and "levitation" effect). Also, the device shown in this book is also flawed, since its construction is not correct according to original Searl effect device.
Third, and regarding the previous point, they had missed something quite important in this book, although when mentioning it saying that "gravity properties of materials should be measured" somewhere in the first part of the book. This is in agreement with the on going future experiments that are shown in the book, but that does not respect original materials used within studied prototypes. I know there have been different authors in this book, but at least preserve the philosophy along the whole book. Therefore, results from this experiments are somehow incorrect in my opinion.
Fourth, although many theoricals approaches are mentioned, this is just theory, so it is cool to know all the possibilities, but till standarized, just paper work.
Fiveth, and to those people that believes on conspirations and so on, just check last chapter on this book, and then, check Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion: Tesla, UFOs, and Classified Aerospace Technology . Although I believe there are real data within that book, and I agree with proposed theory within, there are other channels to make information available to a broader extent.
To sum up, an impressive collection of work that is a must read for interested researchers (or potential ones) to get the picture. In any case, this work should not be considered as a Bible, so reservations on conclusions are also a must. Standard non research related people may get easily lost with that data and may obtain fast conclusions far away from the reality. This book is intended mainly for researchers, and JUST points you in the direction, not trying to teach you anything new about the studied effects. Reading references on book are highly recommended.
Anyway, a great job, so it deserves a great score.
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The book is written in a hard science way (full of peer reviewed article references), but because of this – is, in places, hard to read. Notably, it took me 15 months(!) to manage to chew through all the book and its contents and concepts. This is not a book you can sit down and read large chunks in one go.
In my opinion, the book ranges broadly from some very well written chapters to some that are too narrow in scope to be of any particular use to that particular sub-subject.
In particular, the first three chapters of the book (in particular Chapter 2 – Limits of Interstellar Flight Technology and Chapter 3 – Prerequisites for Space Drive Science) are well written and understood (however typographical errors/omissions in the formulas used make it hard to follow).
Chapter 4 (Review of Gravity Control within Newtonian and General Relativistic Physics) was very broad in scope with not enough detail in each individual segment to be of much use, other than an introduction of the concepts.
Chapter 5 (Gravitational Experiments with Superconductors: History and Lessons) was a very short, but interesting and well written chapter that illustrates the Scientific Method and the importance of good experimental design and the pitfalls in this particular field.
Chapters 6 and 7, while I am sure are useful (showing what a null results are) do not really fit in with the scope of the book (or direct applicability to propulsion science).
Chapter 7 is fairly substantive and shows detailed content of the null experiment, which ultimately is not of interest.
Chapters 8 and 9 cover lifter physics and experiments and in my opinion are not that interesting.
Chapter 10 covers implications of Photon Momentum and is well written chapter with an interesting comparison between different analyses and how that impacts their conclusions. Again, some of the concepts could use some more depth, but was good for an introduction chapter to this field.
Chapter 11 very briefly reviews the Woodward Effect, but it is too brief to be of any use and does not really come to any conclusion (which I guess is due to the ongoing nature of this research.)
Chapter 12 (Thrusting against the Quantum Vacuum) covers an introduction to the concepts and some analysis of the static and dynamic Casmir effect, but ultimately does not really come to any conclusions or useful results.
Chapter 13 (Inertial Mass from Stochastic Electrodynamics) contains detail mathematical analysis but I did not understand in entirety. This chapter is also heavy in typo errors/omissions which makes it difficult to follow. In particular, I did not understand what relevance the theories
had to propulsion physics (the end of the chapter had a very brief paragraph on how modifying inertial mass is beneficial, but that did not seem to tie into the rest of the chapter).
Chapter 14 (Relativistic Limits of Spaceflight) was a very lightweight, but useful chapter on this subject.
Chapter 15 (Faster-than-Light approaches in General Relativity) was a well written chapter, covering topics from possibility of Negative Energy generation, some traversable wormhole examples and analysis of the Alcubierre Metric in relation to Warp drives.
Interestingly, it also did an energy analysis of the warp drive for possible requirements. Again, as with the rest of the book, there were some minor typos in the formulas that would make interpreting some of the data difficult at first hand.
Chapter 16 covered quantum entanglement with various optical experiments. There was an interesting section on super-luminal communication and paradoxes and a well written conclusion to the chapter. However, I am not sure the chapter in entirety was relevant to propulsion science.
Chapter 17 (Comparative Space Power Baselines) was an exceptional chapter (I wish the entire book was written to this standard and usefulness). This covered space-mission power sources and their direct applicability to satellite systems. Included was some detailed explanations and diagrams
of various RTG power sources as well as brief discussion of fusion and fission rockets.
Chapter 18 was a fairly large discussion of ways of extracting energy from the Quantum Vacuum (mainly via the Casmir effect) and a discussion of an Electromagnetic Vortex Phenomenon (vortices and ball lightning). A large part of this chapter was discussing similar material to Chapter 13. It was
too ambiguous and was not really directly relevant to propulsion science.
Chapter 19 covered Sonoluminescence and while well written and very interesting to read (and detailed) was not really directly useful to the book title.
Chapter 20 was very brief and discussed null tests of "Free Energy" claims. It was interesting, but far to brief to be of any use.
Chapter 21 covered General Relativity and mathematical tools and conventions for research. This would be of interest to those working in this field, but not immediately useful to general readers of propulsion science.
The final chapter 22, was by far, the most useful and well written chapter in all of the book and would be of invaluable interest to those in scientific research. It covered was of prioritizing pioneering research and ways of analysing and differentiating between good and bad research projects. The parts discussing rigorous research were very enlightening. It was very detailed and showed a lot of information on the methodology and criteria for selecting projects used within the breakthrough physics project and was a very appreciated inclusion into this book.
On the whole, Frontiers of Propulsion Science is a unique publication, both in subject and presentation, and I don't know any other book that covers the exact subject nature with the sufficient depth to broaden your knowledge.
Within, there are scientific formulae, diagrams and concepts that are difficult to understand (especially for a layperson). This is where the book falls short in my opinion. Whilst the formulas are useful for explaining some of the reasoning and add to the information and analysis of the concepts, it falls short due to typographic errors. It is often impossible to read through the text where there are a lot of formulae, because often there are many (what I assume are typographic errors) omissions to the formulas that mean the analysis does not make sense. I assume this is either a publication or typesetting error.
In conclusion, an interesting read to those interested in space propulsion topic or academics looking to broaden their horizon on this topic. The book, in my opinion could do with extra depth in some areas and removal of some chapters that detracted from the overall thrust of the book.
It's high price is also a consideration, but this is to be expected in such a niche and academic text.
Thanks to Marc Millis for writing and compiling this. I hope there will be a second edition that corrects the typos in this book and also that expands the book in some areas and refocusses the book in entirety.
I also hope for a sequel!
NASAの breakthrough propulsion Physics の成果もまとまっています。価格もこの手の専門書にしては１万円程度と安くはないけど妥当な値段です。