Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Lucy Rogers (@drlucyrogers on twitter), author of a great book called “It’s Only Rocket Science: An Introduction in Plain English”. Lucy is an engineer, astronomer, author, and all around cool lady.
I love this quote from her website:
I write scientific stuff in plain English. I hope to infiltrate the public’s consciousness by this devious and underhand method and make science fun for everyone. I also write non-scientific stuff – sometimes in plain English.
I read a ton of books, and can recommend this book for anyone who would like to get a great overview of what it takes to get into and stay in space. You can get it on Amazon here (there’s a kindle version too).
Info on the Isle of Wight star party is at www.iowstarparty.org
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Lucy Rogers Biography:
Lucy is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has managed to combine her interest in all things space with some parts of her portfolio career. For example, she is the author of the book ‘It’s ONLY Rocket Science – An Introduction in Plain English’, which explains the basics of rocket science, from the initial idea to the completion of the mission. She is also a freelance journalist and has written for the BBC, the Guardian and more specialist publications such as Astronomy Now Magazine. She has worked as an engineer on rockets for space tourism and gives talks on space, science and engineering. Space aside, she is also a director of a computer consultancy. For fun, she is an amateur astronomer. She is chairman of her local astronomical society (Vectis AS), Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.