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Monturiolís Dream: The Extraordinary Story of the Submarine Inventor Who Wanted to Save the World
Matthew Stewart (au). In 1864 in Barcelona Harbor, Narcis Monturiol launched the Ictineo II, the worldís first true submarine. It was over 17 meters long, displaced 72 tons, & worked at depths of up to 30 meters. But Monturiol was not just a brilliant inventor -- he was a political visionary; he founded revolutionary journals, & fought in the barricades of Barcelona. In between revolutions, he invented other useful devices. Monturiolís underwater exploits were to Barcelona what the lunar landings were to the world in the 20th cent. He died in obscurity, & his technological legacy is not the underwater cities of his dreams, but military vessels. Monturiol deserves his place in history. This book recounts one of the great, untold stories of scientific & cultural history. Illustrations.
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