ISBN: 978 0 994282 63 7 (U.S. English)
ISBN: 978 0 994282 64 4 (Intern. English)
U.S. English (US$32.95)
International English (AU$39.95)
Something crashed in the desert not far from Roswell, New Mexico, on the night of July 2, 1947, after being hit by lightning, causing a massive explosion and scattering a large amount of supertough and extremely lightweight materials over a vast area as it tried to speed away from the thunderstorm. And among the materials found was a newspaper-thin and extremely tough dark-greyish foil with the uncanny ability to return to its original shape.
All of the materials picked up by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.S. Army were scientifically analysed at Wright-Patterson AFB before being sent to secret locations. Despite the scientific literature revealing an unmistakable interest in titanium-based shape-memory alloys by the USAF almost immediately after the event including one distinctly dark-greyish and most powerful of its type known as nickel-titanium (NiTi), the USAF is sticking to the view that the wreckage found was a weather balloon made of aluminium foil and other ordinary materials, whereas any so-called "victims" observed by the witnesses had to be dummies used in the experiment.
Witnesses disagree on the basis of the extremely tough nature of the materials, including the behaviour of the metal foil that can only be explained today using the latest scientific knowledge on shape-memory alloys. Whatever the foil was, the toughness of all the materials has convinced Roswell military personnel who examined the wreckage that they were dealing with a much faster moving flying object and something that was not man-made. Furthermore, the victims found during the recovery operation looked too real and not of the usual human or other earthly humanoid animal we are familiar with. With the main body of the object found some distance away and described as disc-shaped, the Roswell case is seen as one of the most unusual events in living memory.
Now the latest scientific information has emerged regarding the dark-grey shape-memory Roswell foil sent to Wright-Patterson AFB for analysis. Not only will this information support the witnesses, but it will challenge any secret military experiment and weather balloon explanation from any nation.
Did the witnesses observe something of historic importance to humanity?
revised and expanded edition
The book that started the controversy in the United States, with its remarkable insight into the dark-grey nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape-memory alloy known as nitinol and its link to the Roswell foil and the secret work carried out by the USAF after 1947 into nitinol and other titanium-based shape-memory alloys, is now fully revised and expanded. This edition contains the latest information on nitinol’s physical properties and history, including a new chapter that looks at alternative materials and explains how likely it is that these materials could be used to explain the Roswell foil.
Was the Roswell foil nitinol or some NiTi-X variant? Can we assume the USAF did not work on shape-memory alloys in the late 1940s? Could it, or any other entity in the world, have created nitinol or any other titanium-based shape-memory alloy in 1947 and in quantities sufficient to build a large weather balloon or aircraft to carry passengers and pilots? And what exactly did crash in July 1947 that prompted the USAF to keep quiet about the shape-memory foil and the “victims” found on a local rancher’s property?
You be the judge as the book explores the latest history behind the Roswell case and further scientific insights into the mysterious shape-memory foil found by witnesses and the military, all in an easy-to-read book.
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