Tony Royle is a research associate and tutor at the Open University and a former Royal Air Force and commercial airline pilot.
The bravery of these scientists who took to the air to help the war effort is quite remarkable. Untrained as pilots, some paid the ultimate price as they raced against the clock. Royle's viewpoint as a modern airline captain gives a unique insight to the challenges they faced and the game-changing advances they made. Jonathan Agnew, BBC cricket commentator and amateur aviator -- Jonathan Agnew I cannot think of a better guide to this remarkable story than a former pilot. In uncovering the aeronautical exploits of these men and women, Royle has produced a work in which the human dimension is very much to the fore. Of a high scholarly standard, engagingly written, and abundantly illustrated, this book is a significant addition to the literature on the early history of flight. June Barrow-Green, Open University This book challenges our image of the swaggering warrior-turned-test-pilot who possessed the right stuff at the dawn of the supersonic era. Instead we meet an earlier and entirely different breed - the mathematicians, engineers, and scientists of Great Britain during World War I, many of whom learned to fly (some losing their lives) so they could better understand and test the aircraft they were responsible for designing. Thoroughly researched and thoughtfully analysed, written by an experienced pilot, this book is accessible to anyone interested in aviation history. Alan D. Meyer, Auburn University and author of Weekend Pilots: Technology, Masculinity, and Private Aviation in Postwar America The Flying Mathematicians of World War I is an entertaining and inspiring read that communicates the power of mathematics, along with the romance and personal adventure of flying. The teaching of both engineering and history needs narratives like this one to give students a sense of the value of individual intellectual curiosity and direct experience. Sean F. Johnston, University of Glasgow and author of Techno-Fixers: Origins and Implications of Technological Faith