Download Epub Format Ç From the Earth to the Moon PDF by » Jules Verne Written Than A Century Before Man Landed On The Moon, This Classic Adventure Tale Has Proved To Be One Of Jules Verne S Most Prophetic It Is Also A Forerunner Of Today S Science FictionAt The Close Of The Civil War, The Members Of The Elite Balti Gun Club Find Themselves Unemployed And Bored Finally, Their President, Impey Barbicane, Proposes A New Project Build A Gun Big Enough To Launch A Rocket To The Moon But When A Daring Volunteer Elevates The Mission To A Manned Flight, One Man S Dream Turns Into An International Space RaceThis Is A Story Of Rollicking Action, Humor, And Vibrant Imagination, Full Of Both Satire And Scientific Insight
The story begins shortly after the American Civil War We have the Gun Club which was a society based in Balti and dedicated to the design of weapons of all kinds especially cannons , and the love of weapons of all kinds, and the desire to shoot weapons of all kinds at something, anything apparently We are first toldBut the point in which the Americans singularly distanced the Europeans was in the science of gunnery Not, indeed, that their weapons retained a higher degree of perfection than theirs, but that they exhibited unheard of dimensions, and consequently attained hitherto unheard of ranges In point of grazing, plunging, oblique, or enfilading, or point blank firing, the English, French, and Prussians have nothing to learn but their cannon, howitzers, and mortars are mere pocket pistols compared with the formidable engines of the American artillery.
This fact need surprise no one The Yankees, the first mechanicians in the world, are engineers just as the Italians are musicians and the Germans metaphysicians by right of birth Nothing isnatural, therefore, than to perceive them applying their audacious ingenuity to the science of gunnery Witness the marvels of Parrott, Dahlgren, and Rodman The Armstrong, Palliser, and Beaulieu guns were compelled to bow before their transatlantic rivals.
Now when an American has an idea, he directly seeks a second American to share it If there be three, they elect a president and two secretaries Given four, they name a keeper of records, and the office is ready for work five, they convene a general meeting, and the club is fully constituted So things were managed in Balti The inventor of a new cannon associated himself with the caster and the borer Thus was formed the nucleus of the Gun Club In a single month after its formation it numbered 1,833 effective members and 30,565 corresponding members The estimation in which these gentlemen were held, according to one of the most scientific exponents of the Gun Club, was proportional to the masses of their guns, and in the direct ratio of the square of the distances attained by their projectiles Many had found their rest on the field of battle whose names figured in the Book of Honor of the Gun Club and of those who made good their return the greater proportion bore the marks of their indisputable valor Crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc jaws, silver craniums, platinum noses, were all to be found in the collection and it was calculated by the great statistician Pitcairn that throughout the Gun Club there was not quite one arm between four persons and two legs between six We must also mention the formidable mortar invented by J.
T Maston, a distinguished member and permanent secretary of the Gun Club It waslethal than any of the others, for it killed 337 people the first time it was fired, though it is true it did so by bursting Do you know what I don t like about any club or committee I ve ever been a part of, or almost been a part of, or asked to be a part of Once you form a group and get a whole bunch of people involved it takes at least twice as long to do anything than if you would just have done it yourself Anyway, this is our Gun Club and the problem arises when the war ends, we are told it was a sad and melancholy day when peace was declared and all the guns stopped shooting They are all in this very depressing state of mind, meeting at their club but doing nothing, like most committes I ve been on when they receive this sealed circular from the president of the club BALTIMORE, October 3 The president of the Gun Club has the honor to inform his colleagues that, at the meeting of the 5th instant, he will bring before them a communication of an extremely interesting nature He requests, therefore, that they will make it convenient to attend in accordance with the present invitation Very cordially, IMPEY BARBICANE, P.
When October 5th comes all members who can make it to Balti are in attendance when Mr Barbicane shows up to make his great announcement, which in part is thisYou know, said he, what progress artillery science has made during the last few years, and what a degree of perfection firearms of every kind have reached Moreover, you are well aware that, in general terms, the resisting power of cannon and the expansive force of gunpowder are practically unlimited Well starting from this principle, I ask myself whether, supposing sufficient apparatus could be obtained constructed upon the conditions of ascertained resistance, it might not be possible to project a shot up to the moon At these words a murmur of amazement escaped from a thousand panting chests then succeeded a moment of perfect silence, resembling that profound stillness which precedes the bursting of a thunderstorm In point of fact, a thunderstorm did peal forth, but it was the thunder of applause, or cries, and of uproar which made the very hall tremble The president attempted to speak, but could not It was fully ten minutes before he could make himself heard Suffer me to finish, he calmly continued I have looked at the question in all its bearings, I have resolutely attacked it, and by incontrovertible calculations I find that a projectile endowed with an initial velocity of 12,000 yards per second, and aimed at the moon, must necessarily reach it I have the honor, my brave colleagues, to propose a trial of this little experiment I was amazed that not only did he come up with this extremely strange idea, but that he spent a good bit of time figuring out how to do it It just doesn t seem like the thing you would think to do once your beloved activity was over For instance, I have read every Dickens book I can find, most of themthan once, all the novels, all the Christmas books, the travel books, the short stories, everything Once I finished the last book it never entered my head to go outside on a clear night and throw each and every one of them at Mars This is what Barbicane s idea seems like to me However, that s what they re going to do, with a cannon not a book, and it seems like each and every member loves the idea although what the people on the moon, if there are people on the moon, are going to think of getting hit by a cannon projectile I m not sure After receiving the support of his companions, another meeting is held to decide the place from which the projectile will be fired, the dimensions and materials of both the cannon and the projectile, and which kind of powder they are to use Oh, there s all kinds of stuff to figure out, like they will need one million six hundred thousand pounds of powder, a half a mile long cannon, six milliards of litres of gas, gun cotton whatever , because of something or other having to do with latitude the cannon can only be fired from Florida or Texas, and after some fighting between those two states Florida is picked They raise money for the shooting the moon project from all the countries in the world who think this is a good idea and there are quite a few and build a really big cannon In case you re wondering how big here you goOn that day Barbicane called together his foremen and addressed them as follows You are well aware, my friends, of the object with which I have assembled you together in this wild part of Florida Our business is to construct a cannon measuring nine feet in its interior diameter, six feet thick, and with a stone revetment of nineteen and a half feet in thickness We have, therefore, a well of sixty feet in diameter to dig down to a depth of nine hundred feet This great work must be completed within eight months, so that you have 2,543,400 cubic feet of earth to excavate in 255 days that is to say, in round numbers, 2,000 cubic feet per day That which would present no difficulty to a thousand navvies working in open country will be of coursetroublesome in a comparatively confined space However, the thing must be done, and I reckon for its accomplishment upon your courage as much as upon your skill I found this interesting coming from a French authorDuring these eight months Barbicane never quitted Stones Hill for a single instant Keeping ever close by the work of excavation, he busied himself incessantly with the welfare and health of his workpeople, and was singularly fortunate in warding off the epidemics common to large communities of men, and so disastrous in those regions of the globe which are exposed to the influences of tropical climates.
Many workmen, it is true, paid with their lives for the rashness inherent in these dangerous labors but these mishaps are impossible to be avoided, and they are classed among the details with which the Americans trouble themselves but little They have in factregard for human nature in general than for the individual in particular.
Nevertheless, Barbicane professed opposite principles to these, and put them in force at every opportunity So, thanks to his care, his intelligence, his useful intervention in all difficulties, his prodigious and humane sagacity, the average of accidents did not exceed that of transatlantic countries, noted for their excessive precautions France, for instance, among others, where they reckon about one accident for every two hundred thousand francs of work Things are going along wonderfully, when a telegram is received saying thisFRANCE, PARIS, 30 September, 4 A.
M Barbicane, Tampa Town, Florida, United States.
Substitute for your spherical shell a cylindro conical projectile I shall go inside Shall arrive by steamer Atlanta MICHEL ARDAN I found it interesting that they would even consider the idea coming from a man no one seemed to have ever heard of before, but he does show up and he does become one of the main characters, although whether anyone actually gets fired at the moon or it remains just a big cannon ball I m not telling Go ahead and read the book, it s easy enough reading if you don t pay much attention to all those measuring this and that parts, or perhaps if you understand a thing they are talking about during that section it would be better, I didn t but I still understood the story It was silly, but not awful De la Terre la Lune From the Earth to the Moon Extraordinary Voyages 4 , Jules Verne From the Earth to the Moon is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne It tells the story of the Balti Gun Club, a post American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous Columbiad space gun and launch three people the Gun Club s president, his Philadelphian armor making rival, and a French poet in a projectile with the goal of a Moon landing The story is also notable in t De la Terre la Lune From the Earth to the Moon Extraordinary Voyages 4 , Jules Verne From the Earth to the Moon is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne It tells the story of the Balti Gun Club, a post American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous Columbiad space gun and launch three people the Gun Club s president, his Philadelphian armor making rival, and a French poet in a projectile with the goal of a Moon landing The story is also notable in that Verne attempted to do some rough calculations as to the requirements for the cannon and in that, considering the comparative lack of empirical data on the subject at the time, some of his figures are remarkably accurate However, his scenario turned out to be impractical for safe manned space travel since a much longer barrel would have been required to reach escape velocity while limiting acceleration to survivable limits for the passengers The character of Michel Ardan, the French member of the party in the novel, was inspired by the real life photographer F lix Nadar 1970 1337 136 19 1340 309 1387 280 9789644459023 1393 1362 111 1369 280 1363 112 1363 213 9646282156 1370 128 1375 112 1376 123 1380 1381 1384 9648209181 1370 157 1393 210 9786007443941 1865 1865
5 StarsAlright, Kids Let s start by catching some reel from Back To the Future III Clara ClaytonEmmett, do you think we ll ever be able to travel to the moon like we travel across the country on trains DocDefinitely, although not for another eighty four years and not on trains We ll have space vehicles, capsules to sail off in rockets, devices that create giant explosions, explosions that are so powerful that they Clara Claytonfinishes Doc s sentenceThey break t 3.
5 StarsAlright, Kids Let s start by catching some reel from Back To the Future III Clara ClaytonEmmett, do you think we ll ever be able to travel to the moon like we travel across the country on trains DocDefinitely, although not for another eighty four years and not on trains We ll have space vehicles, capsules to sail off in rockets, devices that create giant explosions, explosions that are so powerful that they Clara Claytonfinishes Doc s sentenceThey break the pull of the earth s gravity and send their projectile through outer space Doc stares at her in shock Clara laughsClara ClaytonEmmett, I read that book too You re quoting Jules Verne,From the Earth to the Moon.
Jules Verne wrote From Earth to Moon in 1865, a century before the actual small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
In his novel, Verne introduces the Balti Gun Club, a group of Gun enthusiasts with a wide membership and an unquenchable thirst for action, yet they find themselves without a war to fight and nothing notable to occupy them Not for long.
When Impey Barbicane, the president of the club reveals his plans to create a gun long enough and strong enough to launch an expedition to the moon, the whole world is captivated by his dream Calculations are made, locations are scouted, and days are marked Will they be able to pull it offIf you take a step back and look at the story, you ll see that It s about a bunch of gun crazed adventure loving Americans constructing a big ass gun, so that they can literally shoot for the moon with a bullet Only when you take a closer look, you ll see the beauty of Verne s work Yes, there are pages of mostly outdated 20th century science dump, along with some shockingly accurate predictions and calculations Also, there are pages of minute details like amount of money collected from each county for the project and list of banks participated, which probably is weird for a modern reader BUT when you put those pages behind you, you ll find a story filled with humor, courage and UTTER LUNACY Some of the best parts were view spoiler the enmity between Captain Nicholl and President Barbicane and their duel , the entry of the Frenchman, the infectious enthusiasm of every member of the audience and the description of final take off hide spoiler At the end of the day, From Earth to Moon is a bumpy and a fun ride Apart from that, the novel s historical value is tremendous To bring equilibrium to the Wikipedia article which describes with many points why Verne s expedition won t work, there is a NASA page which showcases the predictions of Verne that came to fruition From the Earth to the Moon was written almost 100 years before man finally stepped foot on the moon, a mixture of early sci fi and adventure book that has truly imaginative elements alongside Jules Verne s very scientific mind.
In an America that is rather frightfully similar to its current state, gun enthusiasts find themselves at the end of the civil war without anything to shoot The Balti Gun Club and its president, Impey Barbicane, decide that an altogether different approach to ballisti From the Earth to the Moon was written almost 100 years before man finally stepped foot on the moon, a mixture of early sci fi and adventure book that has truly imaginative elements alongside Jules Verne s very scientific mind.
In an America that is rather frightfully similar to its current state, gun enthusiasts find themselves at the end of the civil war without anything to shoot The Balti Gun Club and its president, Impey Barbicane, decide that an altogether different approach to ballistics should be taken and undertake a mission to send a missile to the moon.
Inevitably, a Frenchman pops up and demands he man the missile, turning the un manned mission in to a manned mission, and something that the whole country is captivated by.
Unparalleled in imagination, though rather lacking in some areas, Jules Verne s From the Earth to the Moon is an excellent read, especially considering the 1969 mission that actually occurred It is a wonderful tale, though I think it relies far too heavily on what Verne was rather too fond of, and that s the scientific element Many sci fi writers fall foul of this and that s to add too much science and not enough fiction Keeping the balance truly makes a can t possibly happen story turn in to a wonderfully imaginative and yet might actually happen story Just as in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, we seem to be inundated with Verne s intelligence.
The characters are much of a muchness and his stereotypes are complete, if rather boring From the Earth to the Moon is an important book in as much as for the time it was written, than for any other reason But it is still a very interesting read, great fun to get through and really won t challenge you but will still make you think