Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky: The Pioneering Rocket Scientist and His Cosmic Philosophy

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky: The Pioneering Rocket Scientist and His Cosmic Philosophy

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky: The Pioneering Rocket Scientist and His Cosmic Philosophy

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky: The Pioneering Rocket Scientist and His Cosmic Philosophy

Synopsis

How did such an intellectual giant spring up out of nowhere? Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky was the founder of Russian astrophysics and cosmonautics. He was a self-taught scientist, inventor, philosopher and science fiction writer. He lost his hearing at age 10; he struggled in obscurity, earning a living as a school teacher; while he was in his prime the Soviet Revolution changed his world - but nothing stopped him from achieving his life's purpose. Historian and biographer Dan Shubin presents Tsiolkovsky's life story and a selection of his compositions including autobiographical notes, his cosmic and political philosophy, and his science fiction writings. Tsiolkovsky's most important designs include the jet-propelled engine, the use of rockets for space travel, and dirigibles made with a metallic shield. His scientific studies contributed to the advancement of technology and science in Soviet Russia. As a teacher he became adept at explaining complex problems in vivid ways that were both clear and inspiring. This talent infused his writing, and his prose has been compared to that of Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein. His stories about travel to the moon and throughout the solar system, and his special brand of cosmic philosophy, motivated the Soviet public to dream of reaching the stars.Unique with Tsiolkovsky was his conviction that advanced life existed on other planets and his confidence in man's ability to progress toward the settlement and development of planetary systems throughout outer space.Ever a man ahead of his times, toward the end of his life Tsiolkovsky campaigned for equal rights of all citizens and the abolition of war and violence.This volume includes a biography and a selection of Tsiolkovsky's autobiographical sketches, his cosmic and socialist philosophies, and an example of his science fiction.

Excerpt

The founder of Soviet astrophysics and cosmonautics was a self-taught scientist, inventor, schoolteacher, philosopher and science fiction writer. This book is a portrait of an extraordinary man and his extraordinary mind. It provides a sketch of his life and an introduction to his views and ideology, and a collection of original translations of his scientific work, philosophy, and science fiction stories.

Who was Tsiolkovsky

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky was a pioneer in astrophysics and cosmonautics. His pioneering creations included important designs: dirigibles formed with a metallic shell and a unique navigation system, the jet propulsion engine, the use of rockets for space travel, high altitude balloons, air-cushion vehicles, high-speed trains, and heavier-than-air aircraft.

His scientific studies contributed to the advancement in Soviet Russia of cosmology, aeronautics and aerodynamics, space exploration, atomic research, jet fuel, and the manufacture of rockets and dirigibles. Later in life he motivated the younger generation of Soviet readers with his science fiction stories of travel to the moon and throughout the solar system.

Unique to Tsiolkovsky was his conviction that advanced life existed on other planets and in other planetary systems throughout the Milky Way and in other nebulae, and his belief in the ability of humans to progress toward the settlement and development of other planets with the creation of advanced civilizations.

Tsiolkovsky was a confirmed socialist and after the Revolution he utilized his scientific studies for the advancement of socialism in Russia. As with many . . .

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