Extracts from the book:
Popular comment has it that: 'It doesn't take a rocket scientist to....', as in 'It doesn't take a rocket scientist to programme a mobile phone.' This is true - it takes a teenager. A rocket scientist would intellectualize the whole process, press two buttons at once, and crash the software. The last person you would want to ask is a rocket scientist.
Many more millionaires have gone bankrupt trying to develop rockets than satellites. They have overlooked the fact that the operative word in "controlled explosion" is controlled.
Nobody knows what gravity really is, so don't blow your bluffing cover by trying to explain it. The only thing known for certain is that any two physical bodies will attract each other in proportion to their sizes (which fact is best not taken literally by oddly sorted couples).
One Sunday afternoon, the 12-year-old von Braun strapped rockets to a cart, lit the fuse, and sent the fire-spitting vehicle careening down a street .... His life-long aim was to send a rocket to the Moon. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that flying a lunar mission is tricky.
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©2008 Oval Projects Ltd.; (P)2008 Audible Inc
"Bluffer's Guides are a quick read and chock full of the basic information on any subject that's needed to pass yourself off as knowledgeable." (Toronto Globe and Mail)
There is a bit of science here, but this is mostly history and jargon.
Interesting and entertaining. I picked this up during one of the sales and it was a steal.
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