Planes - This book looks at planes, helicopters, gliders and balloons. It outlines the basic science of flight then tackles getting into the air, engines, aircraft design and controls in separate chapters. Each chapter contains diagrams and cutaway artwork that reveals how everything from the Wright Flyer to the Jumbo Jet has transformed science and technology. The book also contains instructions and plans for a fully working model glider. Ships - This book looks at ships, sailing boats, jet skis and hydrofoils. It outlines the basic science of maritime technology, then tackles the key subjects of keeping afloat, power in the water, boat construction and control in separate chapters. Each chapter contains diagrams and cutaway artwork that reveals how everything from sailing a dinghy to the ocean liner has transformed science into technology.
Nigel Hawkes is a Science Editor of The Times newspaper and author of many children's books on science, technology and space subjects.