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At the end of this block of study, you should be able to:
5.1 State what the first serious thoughts about flight were directed toward.
5.2 Explain why the printing press was important to flight.
5.3 Know who is credited with inventing the hotair balloon.
The first serious thoughts about flight were directed toward lighterthan-air
flight. One of the most important inventions that led to flight was the printing
press. This invention brought the price of books down and made possible the wide
distribution of knowledge. For the first time, scientists throughout Europe could
benefit from the work done by others, and scientific knowledge began to accumulate. For
example, the man credited with inventing the hot-air balloon, Father Laurenco de
Gusmao, made some small models and demonstrated one of them for the King of
Portugal in 1709. However, the main contribution to flight was that the records of this
demonstration were recorded and widely read throughout Europe.
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