Pigeon Guided Missiles

Pigeon Guided Missiles

And 49 Other Ideas That Never Took Off

Hardback254pp Illustrated

9780752459905     Product Code: 222749

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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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