Up in the Clouds

Balloon Voyages

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1869
Language: English
Wordcount: 26,897 / 85 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 777
Added to site: 2007.06.07
mnybks.net#: 17213
Excerpt

ot, however, told that this daring spirit ever ventured to try thus to invade the sky.

There can be no doubt that much ingenuity, as well as absurdity, has been displayed in the various suggestions that have been made from time to time, and occasionally carried into practice. One man went the length of describing a huge apparatus, consisting of very long tin pipes, in which air was to be compressed by the vehement action of fire below. In a boat suspended from the machine a man was to sit and direct the whole by the opening and shutting of valves.

Another scheme, more ingenious but not less fallacious, was propounded in 1670 by Francis Lana, a Jesuit, for navigating the air. This plan was to make four copper balls of very large dimensions, yet so extremely thin that, after the air had been extracted, they should become, in a considerable degree, specifically lighter than the surrounding medium. Each of his copper balls was to be about 25 feet in diameter, with the thickness of only the 225th par

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Up in the Clouds by Robert Michael Ballantyne - Free eBook

Phantasia

Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for Up in the Clouds by Robert Michael Ballantyne - Free eBook

Fearsome

Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for Up in the Clouds by Robert Michael Ballantyne - Free eBook

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for Up in the Clouds by Robert Michael Ballantyne - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

Cover image for Up in the Clouds by Robert Michael Ballantyne - Free eBook

Sound of Sirens

Tales of Skylge #1
Jen Minkman

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only fo... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Across Asia on a Bicycle
by Thomas Gaskell Allen
'Tween Snow and Fire
by Bertram Mitford
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas, père
The Lost Continent
by Percival Constantine
The Ward of King Canute
by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe

See more popular titles from this genre.