Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer

Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer

by Nevil Shute


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Nevil Shute best describes this autobiography in his own words: "Most of my adult life, perhaps all the worthwhile part of it, has been spent messing about with airplanes. For 30 years there was a period when airplanes would fly when you wanted them to, but there were still fresh things to be learned on every flight, a period when airplanes were small and so easily built that experiments were cheap and new designs could fly within six months of the first glimmer in the mind of the designer.

"That halcyon period started about 1910 and it was in full flower after WW I when I was a young man; it died with WW II when airplanes had grown too costly and too compli- cated for individuals to build or even to operate. I count myself lucky that that fleeting period coincided with my youth and my young manhood, and that I had a part in it."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781889439181
Publisher: The Paper Tiger
Publication date: 12/28/1954
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 1,123,095
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Nevil Shute (1899-1960) was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who served in the British military in both world wars and spent his later years in Australia. The author of 24 published novels and novellas, his best-known books include Pied Piper, A Town Like Alice, and especially On the Beach, set in a fictional post-atomic-war Australia.

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Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of major interest to people curious about the interwar history of Airplane design in England, it also has some interesting points about growing up in Britain and Ireland before and during world war I, including an adventure during his easter holidays in 1916 where he became a volunteer stretcher-bearer during the 1916 rising in Dublin.
cg43 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this memoir of the British author's childhood and early adult life, when he worked as an engineer in the British aviation industry. The book was written in the 1950s and reflects upon his life up to about 1940, with some asides about his work for the Admiralty during the Second World War. During the 1920s Nevil Shute mainly worked on a British dirigible, the R100. This lighter-than-air craft made a successsful jouney to Canada. In the 1930s Shute was involved in founding an aviation company, Oxford Airspeed. One of its models was used as a training craft during the Second World War. Shute reflects on the trials that beset an entrepeneur, especially on the difficulty of raising venture capital.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a thoroughly good read especially if you are interested in early aviation or ethical business practice