Wonderful Balloon Ascents: Or, The Conquest of the Skies

Wonderful Balloon Ascents: Or, The Conquest of the Skies

by Fulgence Marion


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CHAPTER II. ATTEMPTS IN ANCIENT TIMES TO FLY IN THE AIR. Before contemplating the sudden conquest of the. aerial kingdom, as accomplished and proclaimed at the end of the last century, it is at once curious and instructive to cast a glance backward, and to examine, by the glimmering of ancient traditions, the attempts which have been made or imagined by man to enfranchise himself from the attraction of the earth. The greater number of the arts and sciences can be traced along a chronological ladder of great length : some, indeed, " lose themselves in the night of time." The accomplishment of raising oneself in the air, however, had no actual professors in antiquity, and the discovery of Montgolfier seems to have come into the world, so to speak, spontaneously. By this it is to be understood that, unlike Copernicus and Columbus, Montgolfier could not read in history of any similar discovery, containing the germ of his own feat . At least, we have no proof that the ancient nations practised the art of aerial navigation to any extent whatever. The attempts which we are about to cite do not strictly belong to the history of aerostatics. Classic mythology tells us of Daedalus, who, escaping with his son Icarus from the anger of Minos, in the Isle of Crete, saved himself from the immediate evil by the aid of wings, which he made for himself and his son, and by means of which they were enabled to fly in the air. The wings, it appears, were soldered with wax, and Icarus, flying toohigh, was struckby a ray of the sun, which melted the wax. The youth fell into the sea, which from him derived its name of Icarian. It is possible that this fable only symbolises the introduction of sails in navigation. Coming down through ancient history, we note a certain Archytas, of Tarentum,...

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ISBN-13: 9780469492509
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 02/23/2019
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

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