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Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology Through History
 
 
Author
Alfred W. Crosby.
Publisher Cambridge  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 6.25 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780521791588
Pages/Publication Date 206/2002
Daedalus Item Code 11898
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Historian Alfred Crosby, author of The Measure of Reality, here considers two uniquely human capabilities—hard, accurate throwing, and the manipulation of fire—and how they have shaped human history. In prehistory we advanced from rocks to javelins and bows and arrows; we learned to make fire and used it to cook, drive game, burn out rivals, and alter the landscape—techniques that probably figured in the extinction of many species, including Neanderthals. Crosby looks at catapults and the napalm-like Greek Fire, which led to gunpowder and the ability to literally throw fire, and culminated in the atomic bomb and the ability to destroy ourselves. He projects how these abilities may also determine our future, propelling us to other worlds.
 
 
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