First citizen on the moon. Science writer Willy Ley inspired Americans of all ages to imagine a future of interplanetary travel long before space shuttles existed. This is the first biography of an important public figure who predicted and boosted the rise of the Space Age, yet has been overlooked in the history of science. Reviews Editorial reviews Publisher Synopsis Willy Ley has been a mystery among spaceflight historians for many years.
When war erupted, his father was in Great Britain. Consequently, he spent the remainder of the war at a detention camp on the Isle of Man. Meanwhile, his mother worked as milliner in a distant city in Germany. As Ley later recalled, he "grew up, so to speak, in the shadow of the Museum of Natural History in Berlin," where he spent Sundays exploring the exhibits and asking questions.
Plus, what was left to explore in the twentieth century? Ley remained unconvinced by this skeptical attitude. When he was old enough, he studied astronomyphysicszoologyand paleontology at the University of Berlin. Although it was a technical book that was difficult to understand, Ley worked through the calculations and concluded that outer space would soon become the next great frontier of human exploration.
Ley was so convinced by Oberth's book that he sat down at the age of 19 to write a popularization of its contents. He also began corresponding with every known rocket enthusiast in Europe, including Oberth himself.
Ley would eventually become the group's Vice-President, during a time when it had no active President. Meanwhile, he was writing hundreds of short articles about rockets for German and foreign newspapers.
Due to the influence of Ley and other popular science writers, such as Max ValierGermans witnessed a short-lived "rocketry fad" in Berlin. The "rocketry fad" culminated with Fritz Lang 's film Die Frau im Mond Woman in the Moonwhich became the first realistic depiction of spaceflight in cinematic history.
Although Oberth is often credited as the main technical consultant to the film, Ley's role was of central importance. Oberth was tasked with building a small rocket, to be launched at the film's premiere. This project never materialized. However, Ley's work on the movie did.
As director Fritz Lang later recalled, "The work he had done as consultant and advisor The models of the spaceship, really a highly advanced model of a rocket, the trajectories and the orbits of the modular capsule from the earth, around the earth, and to the moon and back The German public lost interest amidst economic turmoil.
Meanwhile, rocket researchers, such as Rudolf Nebel, formed closer ties with the military, which greatly expanded under the leadership of Wernher von Braun. With the collapse of the VfR, the rise of a culture of necessary secrecy, and the loss of public enthusiasm, Ley grew discouraged.
He continued to write articles for the domestic and foreign press, while he stayed in touch with close friends. Yet, for the most part, Ley turned back to his original scientific interests, while writing a biography of Conrad Gessner the "Father" of modern Zoology.
To make ends meet, Ley also worked as a clerk and then manager at a Berlin bank. When the Nazis seized power, Ley's situation became increasingly desperate. He was horrified by National Socialismits ideology, and its style of violent politics.
His perception of political events can be inferred from a short science fiction story called "Fog," which Ley wrote in under the pen name of Robert Wiley.
Although the story is set in New York City during a failed Communist revolution, it is clear that Ley is retelling his personal experiences in Berlin. In fact, John Campbellthe editor of Astounding, requested that Ley center the narrative on his personal experience.
In JanuaryLey used company stationery to write a letter that authorized his vacation in London.Willy Otto Oskar Ley (October 2, – June 24, ) was a German-American science writer, cryptozoologist, and spaceflight advocate who helped to popularize rocketry, spaceflight, and natural history in both Germany and the United timberdesignmag.com crater Ley on the far side of the Moon is Other names: Robert Wiley.
Willy Ley, as usual, does a bang up job on an article called Orbit Around the Sun. He makes a discussion of celestial mechanics very interesting and very understandable.
Gold’s editorial was forgettable as he spent most of the time on his favorite recipes. Science writer Willy Ley inspired Americans of all ages to imagine a future of interplanetary travel long before space shuttles existed.
This is the first biography of an important public figure who predicted and boosted the rise of the Space Age, yet has been overlooked in the history of science. Willy Otto Oskar Ley (October 2, – June 24, ) was a German-American science writer, spaceflight advocate, and historian of science who helped to popularize rocketry, spaceflight, and natural history in both Germany and the United timberdesignmag.com crater Ley on the far side of the Moon is .
Willy Ley: prophet of the Space Age. [Jared S Buss] -- Already a highly respected rocket scientist and compatriot of Wernher von Braun, Willy Ley was the author of bestselling books and at the forefront of popular science journalism.
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