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Pigeon Guided Missiles

And 49 Other Ideas That Never Took Off

James Moore

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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  • Publisher: History Press
  • Year: 2011
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 254pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • ISBN: 9780752459905
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.4kg
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