- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; 1st edition (December 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571740279
- ISBN-13: 978-1571740274
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unconventional Flying Objects: A Scientific Analysis Paperback – December 1, 1995
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Here is a book to intrigue both non-technical and more mechanically inclined UFO enthusiasts. Without making a case for the origins of UFOs, Hill argues that their functionality is feasible by applying established principles of physics to existing reports in which an amazingly consistent UFO behavior has been described. In language which is technically sound, but not so advanced that the layman could not understand, Hill works out several possible propulsion systems for these mysterious craft.
"Paul Hill has done a masterful job ferreting out the basic science and technology behind the elusive UFO characteristics . . . Perhaps this book will help bring solid consideration for making all that is known about extraterrestrial craft publicly available." --Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., Apollo 14 Astronaut
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But the real heart of this book is the technical analysis of the anecdotal observations, which doesn't rely upon any one observation. If you possibly believe even just one anecdote of one high-performance trajectory (extremely tight turn, or extremely fast acceleration, or even just supersonic speed without a sonic boom) of one UFO not necessarily even from anywhere other than Earth, you need this book. Ditto if you disbelieve those anecdotes due to thinking they're impossible.
This guy did a lot of thinking about the mechanisms needed in order to explain the anecdotes, and he got it right. I don't even care if some of the finest details of his proposed mechanisms are based on slightly outdated physics. Whether the dust settles in 10 years, 100 years, or 1000 years to find the exact answers based on the exact physics, the gist of what is so brilliantly pieced together in this book to explain it all, will still be true. To say that physics has moved beyond what what available to this author in his day, is like saying that oil paint has moved beyond what DaVinci painted with. That is true, but it's not the quality of the paint that counts, it's the quality of the painting. This book is a masterpiece.
I highly recommend it for anyone interested in UFOs, or even just interested in reading. While I have an engineering degree, and it helps in understanding more precisely what he means at times, it is not necessary. Someone who doesn't understand the equations can still understand what the author explains them to mean. The author uses equations to analyze and explain things which are complicated, because that is what equations are for. Some folks use equations to complicate and hide the truth, others to simplify and reveal it. In this case, you can trust his words interpreting the equations. How to actually use technology to generate the required forces to do the things UFOs do, is another matter, but the forces are needed in order to explain the anecdotal trajectories. He is explaining it from the same perspective as Isaac Newton would have explained what forces would be needed to explain a car someone claimed to see going around a corner at 225mph at Indianapolis. Yet if you showed Newton a car doing exactly that, he could not be expected to know exactly what mechanical design, or what technology, or what fuel, should be used in the Indycar engine. In fact, he wouldn't necessarily even know that the car burned fuel or had an engine inside it, just the the car somehow had certain forces applied to it.
Last but not least, this book has a low level of strangeness about it, which is refreshing for a UFO book. It's nice not to have to wonder whether to believe something fairly bizarre, or whether believing that one, leads you farther down the slippery slope to believing something even crazier, then something even crazier than that. Where to draw the line regarding gullibility vs truth when it comes to strangeness, is my least favorite aspect of reading/thinking about UFOs. Not because I hate thinking about it, but it gets burdensome to think about it at every turn of a page. This book sticks largely to the nuts and bolts aspects of UFOs, so it's not going to cause any nightmares compared to abduction books etc. Get the book, I'm glad I did, it's a keeper.
We are obviously being visited by advanced civilizations - the evidence is compelling - even though many might call it fantasy, I know for myself the government has been lying to us all along, and in time this belief will become as commonplace as a black President. To those enlightened days in our near future may we all aspire to, so we can join our star-bound brothers and sisters, undertaking the greatest adventure in the Universe : the exploration of The Universe itself! What an exciting time to be alive!
he confines himself to what can be learned about propulsion of these craft - for he was educated as a propulsion engineer - and that was his career track. He was truly an expert.
Not only does he conjecture what propulsion is used, he eliminates a plethora of other choices for propulsion means, and says why. Because he does this, his book stands alone among all others I've read. By narrowing the areas of likely fruitful research, he greatly aids the investigator and synthesis-hopeful.
Do yourself a favor & read this book! It puts most of the other UFO-related books in a totally different league.