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The Sputnik Challenge

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0009
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter discusses the myriad of Ley’s activities during the late 1950s, when his status as a scientific celebrity and rocket expert peaked. It follows his pre-Sputnik and post-Sputnik tactics. ... More


From the Earth to the Moon, via Berlin

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter follows Ley during his early twenties, when he became an intermediary between specialized experts and the general public. Ley constructed his persona as a freelance writer and ... More


The Tom Corbett Years

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Following the success of Conquest, Ley became quite famous as a “rocket scientist,” who could excite American audiences about the impending future of interplanetary travel and satellites. Along with ... More


Death of a Science in Germany

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter focuses on Ley’s perceptions of the decline of amateur rocketry, due to the rise of totalitarianism and pseudoscience during the early 1930s. It follows Ley’s attempts to save the agenda ... More


An Engineer’s Postwar Dreams

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter focuses on Ley’s immediate postwar years during the late 1940s. During this stage of his career, he became both a practicing rocket researcher and America’s recognized rocket expert. As ... More


Scholarly Twilight

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0010
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Chapter 9 describes Ley’s declining prestige as both a rocket expert and a historian of science. As von Braun took center-stage, Ley retreated from the scene by devoting himself to his most ambitious ... More


Youthful Horizons

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Chapter 1 pieces together Ley’s childhood in Berlin. It attributes his early fascination with science through his consumption of popular science and science fiction. By analyzing the themes and ... More


Adventures of a Romantic Naturalist

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter follows Ley’s early years in the United States during the late 1930s. By analyzing his turn toward general science writing on topics such as natural history and zoology, the chapter ... More


The PM Years and the Science Writers at War

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Chapter 5 continues the narrative by charting Ley’s role as a weapons expert and journalist during the Second World War. This chapter puts forth a more complex argument surrounding the role of ... More


Epilogue: First Citizen on the Moon

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0011
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Willy Ley died of a heart attack just weeks before the lunar landing in July 1969. This epilogue describes the reactions of his family and friends, who mourned his loss amid the broader celebration ... More


Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Jared S. Buss

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This book is an academic biography of Willy Ley (1906-1969), an influential American science writer and rocket expert. During the 1940s and 1950s, Ley became a scientific celebrity in the United ... More


Introduction

Jared S. Buss

in Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

The introduction provides an overview of Ley’s life and importance. It also presents a complex argument about the key features of romantic, popular science during the twentieth century. The section ... More


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