The Physics of Rockets [in] The American Journal of Physics
Howard Siefert, Mark Mills and Martin Summerfield
First appearance of the "first theoretical study of rocketry published in the United States after World War II, written by three members of Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The three-part paper, published two years after the end of the war, reflects the advances in rocket science made available to the United States after the collapse of Nazi Germany, which during the war had developed the first long-range guided rockets (the V-1 and V-2) and used them as weapons in the last months of the conflict. The paper also discusses the work on liquid- and solid-propellant rocket systems done at Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory under the guidance of the lab's director, Theodore von Karman. Topics covered here include the dynamics of rocket jets, the theory of solid-propellant operation, fundamental of liquid-propellant rocket motors, sounding rockets and escape from the earth, and rockets utilizing nuclear energy." (Norman)
Complete Volume 15, published in 1947. The three part article consists of:
The Physics of Rockets. January-February 1947, January-February, pp. 1-21.
Physics of Rockets: Liquid-Propellant Rockets. March-April, pp. 121-140.
Physics of Rockets: Dynamics of Long-Range Rockets. May-June, pp. 255-272.
Issues bound together in buckram, gilt spine. Ex-library with label remnant on front cover, rubberstamps on flyleaf, rear pastedown and title-pages of each issue; upper margin of first and second pages repaired, with no loss of text. Scarce.