The Incredible Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster
In 1984 America celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the first successful roller coaster device: La Marcus A. Thompsonís switchback railway, erected at Coney Island. Robert Cartmell examines every phase of roller coaster history, from the use of the roller coaster by Albert Einstein to demonstrate his theory of physics, to John Allenís use of psychology in designing one.
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Preface and Acknowledgements
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