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Slide Rule (1954)

de Nevil Shute

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English summary: The so-called Nymphaeum Traiani, discovered during the excavations of the 1950s, relates to a monumental fountain in the center of Roman Ephesus, which was constructed between 102 and 114 CE. The presented publication, appeared in the context of the series "Studies in Ephesus," covers all aspects of the structure up to the detailed architectonic reconstruction and the sculptures positioned in the aedicular facade. In the central position over the water inlet is situated a stature of the Emperor Trajan, to which the installation owes its modern name. On account of the extensive contextual analysis it can be seen that the fountain was only of minor importance for the water supply of the Roman city. The overview of the monument, however, moves into the focus its founders Tiberius Claudius Aristion and Iulia Lydia Laterane, who not only established an almost 40 km aqueduct but also had at their disposal personal connections to the emperor. Beyond the Nymphaeum Traiani it is consequently possible to come across further testaments for the use of architectural type of the "nymph facade" and for the self representation of the Roman elite in the Asia Minor during the Roman Empire. The study was published with the support of the Endowment for the Promotion of Scholarly Research (Fonds zur Forderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung /FWF). German description: Bei dem von den Ausgrabern in den 1950er Jahren so genannten Nymphaeum Traiani handelt es sich um eine monumentale Brunnenanlage im Zentrum des romischen Ephesos, die zwischen 102 und 114 n. Chr. errichtet wurde. Die im Rahmen der Reihe "Forschungen in Ephesos" vorgelegte Publikation behandelt alle wesentlichen Aspekte dieses Bauwerks, so etwa die detaillierte architektonische Rekonstruktion und die in der Tabernakelfassade aufgestellten Skulpturen. An zentrale Stelle uber dem Wasserzufluss befand sich eine Statue Kaiser Traians, der die Anlage ihren modernen Namen verdankt. Anhand der ausfuhrlichen kontextuellen Analyse lasst sich zeigen, dass der Brunnen selbst nur eine geringe Bedeutung fur die Wasserversorgung der romischen Stadt besass. Die Gesamtaussage des Monuments ruckt vielmehr seine Stifter Ti. Claudius Aristion und Iulia Lydia Laterane ins Zentrum, die nicht nur einen fast 40 km Aquadukt errichten liessen, sondern auch uber personliche Verbindungen zum Kaiser verfugten. Uber das Nymphaeum Traiani hinaus ist es somit moglich, weiterfuhrende Aussagen zur Nutzung des Bautyps "Fassadennymphaum" und zur Selbstdarstellung romischer Eliten im kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasien zu treffen. Gedruckt mit Unterstutzung des Fonds zur Forderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF)… (més)

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This book looks at Nevil Shute's role in starting up an aviation business in the early days of that industry. While the book is very dated in terms of language and its treatment of women, it remains relevant in some ways. It shows the challenges of operating a start-up in an emerging industry; the issues caused by political imperatives and a reluctance to speak truth to power. I found the discussion of the ethics involved in writing a prospectus interesting. It's easy to see from this book how Mr. Shute gained success as a novelist -- clear, crisp writing. ( )
  LynnB | Oct 12, 2019 |
A intimate snapshot of UK aviation during the interwar period.

This is a fine companion volume to the book "Airspeed Aircraft" by H A Taylor. There is also a great description of the R100/R101 debacle written at time when there was still some sensitivity about the program.
One other aspect was the number of famous UK aviation personalities and their roles interwoven throughout the book provides a contemporary account that will not be necessarily seen in other published accounts of the people or their companies. A good example would be the story of Alan Cobham.

Highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in UK aviation during the interwar period. ( )
1 vota jetcal1 | Apr 20, 2019 |
This is supposed to be Nevil Shute's autobiography but I would say it is more a memoir about his career in aviation. He doesn't delve into his personal life too deeply. There is nothing about his childhood, his marriage, becoming a father, or much of his writing career, for example. You don't know much about his family life/childhood, how he met his wife, when he had children, or even how he became a writer in the first place. Slide Rule is more about Shute's life in aviation; how he became a calculator for the firm of DeHavilland when they were designing rigid airships. What's fascinating is his company was in competition with the government to build airbuses. After an airbus disaster Shute founded the company Airspeed, Ltd and had lukewarm success being profitable building private planes. At the start of World War II the nature of the business changed and Shute slowly started to withdraw emotionally from Airspeed. The memoir ends with him leaving Airspeed after being voted out by the board. Meanwhile, his career as an author was just starting to take flight. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 30, 2018 |
Review Shute was a brilliant storyteller and terrific example for any writer Daily Express Most of my adult life, perhaps all the worthwhile part of it, has been spent messing about with airplanes Any book by Nevil Shute is a delight Punch Product Description Nevil Shutes autobiographical work charts his selected remembrances from childhood to 1938. The parallels between Shute’s life and his fiction can be seen: airship engineering, the new industry of commercial aircraft and his experience of civil servants and bureaucratic military agencies. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Interesting book. the author Nevil Shute was an engineer involved in the building of the R100/R101 and the establishment of the Airspeed aircraft building company. Concentrates on the interval between the two world wars, when he was a young man, working his way in aircraft design. Was recomended to me as good reading for how a small company grows and the growing pains it has to endure. It was actually quite illuminating in that regard. ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Truth is often stranger than fiction, and this autobiography takes on almost heroic dimensions as various threatening events take place which make success seem like a miracle. There is no doubt that the novelist Shute is at work here! No wonder Warren goes to jail for an overly zealous prospectus in Kindling!

In 1935 when the Company had grown to very complex and expensive proportions, Shute was faced with the first necessity to "downsize". Some employees were original investors but could not handle the pace of production and stress of responsibility. This feeling of indebtedness to loyal employees and respect for their contribution, is traced thru his novels with the theme of the "little man" hero he wrote about. Their work ethic is praised with novels like Trustee and Round the Bend. He describes the obstinant behavior, in 1936 and 1937, of civil servants who would not bend their regulations to allow use of the new and more efficient Wolsely engine, thus hampering Britain's effort to re-tool for the coming threat of war. His "Balkan" experience trying to sell aircraft abroad, is mirrored in the experience of Henry Warren in Kindling.
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English summary: The so-called Nymphaeum Traiani, discovered during the excavations of the 1950s, relates to a monumental fountain in the center of Roman Ephesus, which was constructed between 102 and 114 CE. The presented publication, appeared in the context of the series "Studies in Ephesus," covers all aspects of the structure up to the detailed architectonic reconstruction and the sculptures positioned in the aedicular facade. In the central position over the water inlet is situated a stature of the Emperor Trajan, to which the installation owes its modern name. On account of the extensive contextual analysis it can be seen that the fountain was only of minor importance for the water supply of the Roman city. The overview of the monument, however, moves into the focus its founders Tiberius Claudius Aristion and Iulia Lydia Laterane, who not only established an almost 40 km aqueduct but also had at their disposal personal connections to the emperor. Beyond the Nymphaeum Traiani it is consequently possible to come across further testaments for the use of architectural type of the "nymph facade" and for the self representation of the Roman elite in the Asia Minor during the Roman Empire. The study was published with the support of the Endowment for the Promotion of Scholarly Research (Fonds zur Forderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung /FWF). German description: Bei dem von den Ausgrabern in den 1950er Jahren so genannten Nymphaeum Traiani handelt es sich um eine monumentale Brunnenanlage im Zentrum des romischen Ephesos, die zwischen 102 und 114 n. Chr. errichtet wurde. Die im Rahmen der Reihe "Forschungen in Ephesos" vorgelegte Publikation behandelt alle wesentlichen Aspekte dieses Bauwerks, so etwa die detaillierte architektonische Rekonstruktion und die in der Tabernakelfassade aufgestellten Skulpturen. An zentrale Stelle uber dem Wasserzufluss befand sich eine Statue Kaiser Traians, der die Anlage ihren modernen Namen verdankt. Anhand der ausfuhrlichen kontextuellen Analyse lasst sich zeigen, dass der Brunnen selbst nur eine geringe Bedeutung fur die Wasserversorgung der romischen Stadt besass. Die Gesamtaussage des Monuments ruckt vielmehr seine Stifter Ti. Claudius Aristion und Iulia Lydia Laterane ins Zentrum, die nicht nur einen fast 40 km Aquadukt errichten liessen, sondern auch uber personliche Verbindungen zum Kaiser verfugten. Uber das Nymphaeum Traiani hinaus ist es somit moglich, weiterfuhrende Aussagen zur Nutzung des Bautyps "Fassadennymphaum" und zur Selbstdarstellung romischer Eliten im kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasien zu treffen. Gedruckt mit Unterstutzung des Fonds zur Forderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF)

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