Wednesday, June 13, 2012
You and Science : Science for better living (1955)
Don't you love a science textbook with an atomic reactor on the cover? As part of our brave new age of atomic power was getting science into school. This was a high school textbook which included some interesting text and illustrations about space flight.
Brandwein, Paul Franz. You and science: Science for better living. New York : Harcourt Brace & Company, 624 p. 1955.
I don't usually post text from these books but the discussion of how soon this will happen and how much it will cost illustrates that the "space agenda" was being actively taught long before the general public was thinking that this was possible. I specifically like "the goals of the spacemen"
"Our guess is that some day all these things will come to pass. We hope you will live long enough to see it because we do not think the conquest of space is just around the corner but around many, many corners. Maybe you will be brave and lucky enough and clever enough to help it happen. It will take much hard work."