Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo download free [PDF and Ebook] by Nicholas De Monchaux

Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo download free [PDF and Ebook] by Nicholas De Monchaux year 2011
  • Book name: Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo
  • Author: Nicholas De Monchaux
  • Release date: 2011/1/10
  • Publisher: MIT PRESS LTD
  • Language: English
  • Genre or Collection: Technology and Engineering
  • ISBN: 9780262015202
  • Rating: 9.54 of 10
  • Votes: 368
  • Review by: Cullen Mangum
  • Review rating: 9.4 of 10
  • Review Date: 2018/10/4
  • Total pages: 380
  • Includes a PDF summary of 34 pages
  • Description or summary of the book: How the twenty-one-layer Apollo spacesuit, made by Playtex, was a triumph of intimacy over engineering. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: twenty-one layers of fabric, each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. This book is the story of that spacesuit. It is a story of the triumph over the military-industrial complex by the International Latex Corporation, best known by its consumer brand of 'Playtex'-a victory of elegant softness over engineered hardness, of adaptation over cybernetics. Playtex's spacesuit went up against hard armor-like spacesuits designed by military contractors and favored by NASA's engineers. It was only when those attempts failed-when traditional engineering firms could not integrate the body into mission requirements-that Playtex, with its intimate expertise, got the job. In Spacesuit, Nicholas de Monchaux tells the story of the twenty-one-layer spacesuit in twenty-one chapters addressing twenty-one topics relevant to the suit, the body, and the technology of the twentieth century. He touches, among other things, on eighteenth-century androids, Christian Dior's New Look, Atlas missiles, cybernetics and cyborgs, latex, JFK's carefully cultivated image, the CBS lunar broadcast soundstage, NASA's Mission Control, and the applications of Apollo-style engineering to city planning. The twenty-one-layer spacesuit, de Monchaux argues, offers an object lesson. It tells us about redundancy and interdependence and about the distinctions between natural and man-made complexity; it teaches us to know the virtues of adaptation and to see the future as a set of possibilities rather than a scripted scenario.
  • Estimated reading time (average reader): 16H15M20S
  • Other categories, genre or collection: Fashion & Textiles: Design, Astronautics, Aerospace & Aviation Technology, History Of Engineering & Technology, Industrial / Commercial Art & Design
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  • Format: Hardback
  • Approximate value: 48.37 USD
  • Dimensions: 178x229x29mm
  • Weight: 1,157g
  • Printed by: MIT Press
  • Published in: Cambridge, Mass., United States
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