Nota Bene: Steps into the Sky

Science  12 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5652, pp. 1896-1897
DOI: 10.1126/science.1094039

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The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age. By Tom D. Crouchand Peter L. Jakab. National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, 2003. 240 pp. $35, C$55, ú25.50. ISBN 0-7922-6985-3.

Taking Flight Inventing the Aerial Age From Antiquity Through the First World War. By Richard P. Hallion. Oxford University Press, New York, 2003. 553 pp. $35, £20. ISBN 0-19-516035-5.

Crouch and Jakab provide a lavishly illustrated account of the Wright brothers' lives and accomplishments. Hallion's comprehensive history places the stories of the Wrights, their predecessors, and competitors in the context of cultural, technological, scientific, political, and military developments.