If you have made it this far then it's a safe bet that you have found this information both interesting and enjoyable. However we have only just barely scratched the surface, in a manner of speaking. There is much more to learn, about the possibilities for the future of space travel in particular, and aerospace technology in general. Not what is currently possible, but what may some day become everyday, routine, engineering practice. What does the future hold in store for those working in this most unusual field? (Yes, there are scientists and engineers working on this stuff even as we speak!) How can you keep abreast of any potentially important developments?
A reasonable source of general information, in the form of news items, will appear from-time-to-time in such periodicals as New Scientist, whose format is a non-specialist, semi-popular weekly, describing the latest developments in science. A similar but more technical general periodical is Nature, however it may be hard to find on the news stands so if your local library doesn't carry it you may need to subscribe. In contrast the monthly Scientific American rarely, if ever, covers the kind of material we have looked at, possibly because they are considered as a more mainstream science journal.
On the other hand Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Omni magazine and until fairly recently Electronics World + Wireless World (a British monthly), are perhaps the most appealing to a general lay audience and are usually among the first to publish brief news items identifying the source of the original research, (usually a first tier research journal). Like, for example, Physical Review, American Journal of Physics, Physics Letters; in fact almost anything incorporating the word(s) Physics and/or Review! However, unless you are qualified or otherwise conversant or feel confident enough to cope with formal scientific or technical prose I strongly suggest you avoid the latter, at least initially.
Which again leads me to a further word of caution! from frivolously "iffy" sounding publications such as Nexus (in Australia at least), Far Out (USA), and anything containing similarly sounding words, phrases or acronyms such as: UFO, Conspiracy, Tesla, Orgone, New Era/Age, Holistic, Flying-Saucer etc. These are neither serious nor peer reviewed (and at times don't even sound plausible), publications, which at best, will lead to a complete waste of both your time and money; and, at worst, will clutter your mind with (dare I say it?), 100% pure, 24 carat, unadulterated CRAP! They are actually doing a disservice to humanity by slowly undermining the reader's capacity for critical thinking, with the sole purpose of enhancing the publisher's revenue stream! You have been warned.
If prowling around in a dusty, public or university library stack, for past issues of obscure publications is not your "cup of tea", then there are some very good (and not so good) alternatives. Below are the links to some of my favourite web sites where you can find the latest, and probably more significant and scientifically reliable current research. The links are in no particular order, except maybe rough appeal and/or interest (to me at least). I will update the links from this list as necessary, time permitting.
|While I have tried to make sure that the sites I've included below contain scientifically legitimate information, you will appreciate that sometimes this is impossible to guarantee. However if you consider any of these sites to fall short in this regard then please drop me a line to let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org|
http://www.lerc.nasa.gov/WWW/bpp/ NASA's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics site
http://chaos.fullerton.edu/Woodward.html Dr Woodward's site (recommended)
http://www.calphysics.org/ ZPF interpretation of inertial mass (recommended)
http://www.gravity-society.org The Gravity Society
http://www.mywebpages.com/asps/ Italian research site
http://www.uwm.edu/~gb/COLLOQUIA/99-09-10/99-09-10.html Math Colloquium
http://sec353.jpl.nasa.gov/apc NASA Advanced Propulsion Concepts
http://www.esit.com/automation/ips.html Internal Propulsion System (being marketed!)
http://www.energenius.com/solutions/solutecf.html Yet another company claims developing IPS
http://prola.aps.org/ Physical Review Oline Archive
http://www.aiaa.org/publications/journals/propulsion-scope.html Journal of Propulsion & Power
http://patent.womplex.ibm.com IBM's U.S. Patent Server
http://www.arpa.mil/ Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency
http://www.energyscience.co.uk Dr Harold Aspden's site
http://members.aol.com/tigermfs/ Morton F. Spears' research site
http://www.forceborne.com Cook Inertial Propulsion site
http://www.ntis.gov/ National Technical Information Service