New Society Book Endorsement: The Aeronauts

10 September 2019

We are pleased to announce that the second book to be released through the Society's new Book Endorsement Programme is The Aeronauts.

The Aeronauts presents the original writings of James Glaisher, first published in 1871 in the volume Travels in the Air.

In 1862, ambitious scientist James Glaisher set out to do the impossible: ascend higher into the skies than ever before.

A pioneer of weather forecasting and of photography, and a founding member of the Royal Meteorological Society, he wanted to take ground-breaking research measurements from different altitudes.

On 5th September, along with experienced balloonist Henry Coxwell as his pilot, he lifted off in a hot air balloon for what would prove to be a death-defying and historic flight.

Rising above the English countryside, they rose to the remarkable height of 37,000 feet (7 miles or 11 km), almost killing both men, who experienced blurred vision, loss of motor function and, eventually, unconsciousness.

The Aeronauts chronicles Glaisher’s incredible flights and discoveries first hand, as well as his observations on those pioneers who came before and inspired him.

This book includes an introduction by Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society.

Members can pre-order this book through our online shop at 25% off the RRP until 1st October.