Pigeon Guided Missiles

    Pigeon Guided Missiles

    And 49 Other Ideas That Never Took Off

    James Moore; Paul Nero

    History Press 2011

    Hardback 254pp Illustrated

    9780752459905   Product Code: 22749

    The pioneering behaviourist BF Skinner was able to demonstrate in the 1940s that conditioning pigeons, housed in the nose of a missile, to peck repeatedly at an image of a target, could be an effective weapons guidance system. As with all the apparently hare-brained schemes in this book, including Thomas Edison's concrete furniture, Wilhelm Reich's cloud-busting machine and British Rail's flying saucer, the system was never adopted.

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