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Review of: Amateur Rocket Motor Construction – David Sleeter

Amateur Rocket Motor Construction
David Sleeter

Review by John Steinberg

As President of the Pyrotechnics Guild International and as an avid rocket enthusiast myself, it gives me great pleasure to provide a glowing review for this exemplary text. Superlatives are truly in order. While my personal interests lie more along the lines of pyrotechnic rocketry, this book, focused on amateur rocketry, nevertheless was a pleasure to read. The book is exhaustive in its scope and well organized. The reader may explore amateur rocket motor construction in as little or as great depth as desired. It is by far the best book on the subject I have read.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 20, 2004, pp 73-74
(J20_73)

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Review of: Pyrotechnic Chemistry

Pyrotechnic Chemistry
Reviewed by Tony Cardell

Having spent more than 42 very enjoyable years working with energetic materials, particularly in the areas of military pyrotechnics and fireworks, I know the frustration faced by so many workers, both new and experienced, with the almost impossible task of finding useful reference books on these very specialized subjects.  Also, as the total international experience in pyrotechnics and other energetic materials appears to be constantly reducing, it is essential for newcomers (and those not so new!) to be able to find good quality publications which give the widest picture in terms of in-depth technical content and practical examples. I believe that the book “Pyrotechnic Chemistry” published by the Journal of Pyrotechnics Inc. goes a long way to achieving this aim. The breadth of pyrotechnic related subjects covered by this publication is very wide as it is a compilation of papers (many previously published, but now updated), forming 19 chapters by 13 authors, who are well known and highly experienced in their respective fields.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 21, 2005, p 79
(J21_79)

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Review of: Pyrotechnic Chemistry

Pyrotechnic Chemistry, Journal of Pyrotechnics
Reviewed by Bernard E. Douda

Pyrotechnic Chemistry is the fourth in the Pyrotechnic Reference Series produced by the publisher of the Journal of Pyrotechnics. It is composed of nineteen stand-alone presentations each authored by pyrotechnic experts in their specialty area.  There are chapters dealing with pyrotechnic materials,  thermodynamics, ignition and propagation, burning rate control, black powder, primes and priming, delays and thermal sources, illuminants, solid rocket motor design, spark generation, whistle devices, and the chemistry of colored flames, propellants, glitter, and strobes. Safety aspects are addressed in chapters discussing composition sensitiveness, hazardous chemical compositions, and risk assessment.

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Ref:JPyro, Issue 21, 2005, p 78
(J21_78)

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Review of: Pyrotechnic Chemistry

Pyrotechnic Chemistry

Reviewed by John R. Steinberg, M. D.

This is a collaborative work by many authors, resulting in many distinct writing styles between the various chapters; nevertheless the book provides a superb overview of the chemistry of pyrotechnics and various tangentially related topics. Given the stellar curricula vitae of the contributors, it is no surprise that this work is both technically excellent and extremely interesting to anyone with any degree of curiosity regarding pyrotechnic chemistry. While the preface discloses that this text is written at “an introductory to intermediate level” the more extensive one’s background in the field, the greater the appreciation for the material will be. It is, indeed, as promised, accessible to both novices and appreciated by fairly advanced students of this subject. The book consists of nineteen  chapters and is extensively, if not exhaustively referenced, providing a guide to further source material for those readers desirous of more advanced treatments of the various topics discussed in each chapter.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 21, 2005, pp 75-78
(J21_75)

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A Review of: Color, An Introduction to Practice and Principles – Rolf G Kuehni

Color, An Introduction to Practice and Principles – Rolf G Kuehni

Reviewed by K. L. Kosanke

Rolf G. Kuehni’s book Color, an Introduction to Practice and Principles (published by Wiley-Interscience) is for the most part a delightful little book (199 pages in 12 chapters, approximately 6 by 9 inches, price $89.95) on the subject of color. In one sense the book is rather complete, presenting a wide range of chapters covering some of the historical perspectives of color, the physiological and psychological aspects of color perception, the defining and measurement of color, and even the application of color theory to art. However, if the world of color is divided into what might be called reflected color (the color of objects) and emitted color (the color of light sources), then the emphasis is heavy on the reflected color side. While this will be disappointing from the point of view of practicing pyrotechnists, there is still much useful information that can be abstracted from this text, although that is mostly in the area of general information as opposed to information specifically applicable to pyrotechnic flames. Pyrotechnic researchers will also find the book lacking somewhat from a mathematical or quantitative perspective. For readers wishing to expand their general understanding and appreciation of color and its perception, this is a fine book.  However, pyrotechnists needing to learn and be able to directly apply the science of color perception in their research are likely to be somewhat disappointed.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 21, 2005, pp 74-75
(J21_74)

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Review of: The Chemistry of Explosives – Jacqueline Akhavan

The Chemistry of Explosives – Jacqueline Akhavan

Reviewed by F. J. Feher

Authors of introductory-level books in technical fields face a formidable challenge: they must strike an appropriate compromise between the needs of relatively uninformed students and the expectations of experts in the field. For subject matter as broad and complex as chemistry or explosives, it is practically  impossible to satisfy both students and experts with a 170-page paperback book. This is the challenge facing Jacqueline Akhavan and the second edition of her book The Chemistry of Explosives, which is part of the RSC (i.e., Royal Society of Chemistry) Paperback series of inexpensive introductory level texts for selected topics in chemistry. It therefore is not surprising that Akhavan’s The Chemistry of Explosives fails to meet the challenge. What is surprising is that the author made only trivial changes in the second edition and that clear errors pointed out by reviewers of the book’s first edition were addressed superficially or not at all. Although I have to acknowledge that the book probably provides much of what the author and publisher intend to provide – i.e., a clear, readable introduction to a selected topic in chemistry that should appeal to the general chemist – the persistence of known errors is disturbing and I would not recommend this book to people who want a technically accurate introduction to the subject.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 21, 2005, p 72
(J21_72)

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Review of: Explosives – R. Meyer , J. Köhler, & A. Homburg

Explosives, Fifth Completely Revised Edition
Rudolf Meyer (deceased), Josef Köhler, and Axel Homburg

Review By L. Weinman

This book, for those who are not familiar with it, it is a compendium of short references to various explosives and related items of interest. There are some limited references to pyrotechnic materials and items, but the material is
strongly oriented toward high explosives both civilian and military.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 16, 2002, pp 80
(J16_80)

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Review of: Propellants and Explosives: Thermochemical Aspects of Combustion – Naminosuke Kubota

Propellants and Explosives: Thermochemical Aspects of Combustion
Naminosuke Kubota

Review by M. K. Hudson

Kubota’s new title covers a wide area, as its name suggests. However, as its subtitle indicates, the author has ocused on the thermo aspects of combustible materials. An examination of the book shows that it contains nine chapters, which can be broken down into three major groupings (the author indicates four). Chapters one to three cover the thermodynamics concepts necessary to understand energetic materials used in the combustion field, as well as reviewing
some of the phenomena of combustion. Topics covered in these sections include the formation of shock and detonation waves, equilibrium and reaction rates, as well as flame structure and ignition processes, which provide a good, in-depth review. While presenting a considerable number of equations, necessary to explain the phenomena and basis for combustion, the author uses figures and good explanations in the text to guide both the combustion scientist and technical users along.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 16, 2002, p 77
(J16_77)

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Review of: Firework Art – Mark Flemming

Firework Art
Mark Flemming

Reviewed by Tom Smith, CarnDu Ltd, UK

This is a very nostalgic book, giving examples of firework labels, posters and point of sale material over the period of my childhood as well as before. The labels are exceptionally well reproduced, my only critisism would be that additional information, including the approximate date of the relevant firework, could usefully be appended to each label.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 22, 2005,pp71
(J22_71)

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Review of: Black Powder Manufacture Methods and Technique – Ian von Maltitz’s

Black Powder Manufacture Methods and Technique
Ian von Maltitz

Review by John Bergman

In this book, Mr. von Maltitz has compiled a wealth of historical data about black powder, descriptions of commercial and amateur production methods, equipment, ingredients, formulae, and even comparative performance data. Probably nowhere else is so much basic information about this most fundamental of pyrotechnic mixtures, and many of its relatives, available in a single volume. Please note, however, that this is mainly a practical guide for the amateur. Those seeking scholarly analyses of the chemistry, physics, or thermodynamics of black powder should look elsewhere.

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Ref: JPyro, Issue 7, 1998, p 75
(J07_75
)
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