Index
Aachen Technical University, 54-56
Adamson, Thomas, 172
aerial warfare: Gen. Arnold's plans for, 110-11; Kármán's predictions for future, 117
aerodynamics: high-speed, 114-15, 118; Kármán's Aachen research, 55; Kármán Vortex Street, 53; Nazi German research, 113-14; theory development, 64; Tsien's research at Caltech, 77, 82, 85, 90, 92, 173; Tsien's research at MIT, 42-44, 140-41. See also aeronautics
Aerojet Engineering Corporation, 97, 146
aeronautics: Kármán's contributions, 52-53, 58; at MIT, 40-41, 123; Tsien's ambitions to study, 33-34; Tsien's leadership in, 117. See also aerodynamics; missile development; rocket research
agriculture, Tsien's possible role in Great Leap Forward, 240-41, 243-45
aircraft industry: in America, 93-94, 111; in China, 31-34, 38, 130
air power: Gen. Arnold's plans for, 110-11; Kármán's predictions for future, 117
Albrecht, Gustave, 159
American influence on China: in aviation industry, 38-39; in missile development, 210-13, 221; in science education, 23
Anarchist Act of 1918, 167
antiballistic missile systems, Chinese plan to elude, 224
anti-rightist movement in China in 1956, 236-37
anti-Semitism, 55-57
applied engineering, Tsien's problems with, 42

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  • Title Page ii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - Hangzhou (1911-1914) 1
  • 2 - Beijing (1914-1929) 8
  • 3 - Shanghai (1929-1934) 22
  • 4 - Boxer Rebellion Scholar (1934-1935) 35
  • 5 - Mit (1935-1936) 40
  • 6 - Theodore Von Kármán 47
  • 7 - Caltech (1936) 61
  • 8 - The Suicide Squad (1937-1943) 68
  • 9 - The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1943-1945) 93
  • 10 - Washington and Germany (1945) 110
  • 11 - Return to Mit (1946-1947) 121
  • 12 - Summons from China (1947) 132
  • 13 - Jiang Ying 136
  • 14 - Ascent (1947-1948 140
  • 15 - Caltech (1949) 144
  • 16 - Suspicion (1950) 149
  • 17 - Arrest (1950) 158
  • 18 - Investigation (1950) 163
  • 19 - Hearings (1950-1951) 167
  • 20 - Waiting (1951-1954) 172
  • 21 - The Wang-Johnson Talks (1955) 184
  • 22 - "One of the Tragedies of This Century" 191
  • 23 - A Hero's Welcome (1955) 199
  • 24 - Missiles of the East Wind 208
  • 25 - Becoming a Communist 231
  • Epilogue 261
  • Notes 265
  • Index 319
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