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Antigravity

  • Stephen Webb
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

As I explained in the Introduction, Danny Dunn helped shape my life. I’m surely not unique in making this claim: the Danny Dunn series got others hooked on science too. A quick internet search turns up several scientists and technologists who admit to a childhood enthusiasm for those books by Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams. To give just one example, consider Sally Ride. The first American woman in space was once asked whether any books were important to her as a child. She answered: ‘There was that all-time classic Danny Dunn and the Anti-gravity Paint.’ It’s not too fanciful to suppose that this children’s novel inspired her to become an astronaut.

Keywords

Black Hole Dark Energy Gravitational Wave Science Fiction Positive Mass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Webb
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  1. 1.DCQEUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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