NASA’s Free E-Book Collection

by Rachel Baker on August 18, 2013

Over at TheAtlantic.com there’s a really cool article about the massive free e-book collection provided by NASA.

Excerpt:

These books were placed online over the last decade, so some of the formatting leaves something to be desired. Many of the works have been broken up into tiny pieces, forcing one to click through page after page. But this is a singular information repository, a storehouse for our fascination with flight.

What these works also show is how central the space program made and found itself during the 20th century. NASA could convene PIllsbury and the chefs on nuclear submarines to talk about food. Computing and solar energy were both pushed along by NASA’s interest. The Space Race was a proxy skirmish in the Cold War. And, of course, all sorts of ideas from the era leaked into the way NASA thought about things: freedom and America and gender and aesthetics and the future.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/08/nasas-massive-free-e-book-collection/278496/

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