Equations of Motion -
Adventure, Risk and Innovation
Press Reviews for Equations of Motion
"So often you hear older riders deploring the lack of "character" in today's motorcycles, yet it's clear that the modern product is better in every measurable way than the product of the 1960s and '70s. Is "character" to be dismissed as just oil leaks seen through rose-colored glasses? Or is there more to it?
This week, my reading has revealed a view that clarifies this question. I've been reading the excellent engineering autobiography of the late William Milliken, Equations of Motion...
And who was William Milliken? He was a founding father of automatic flight control for aircraft, who then moved into the vehicle dynamics of cars. If we trace back the origins of the electronic control systems now being widely adopted on motorcycles, we eventually come to William Milliken.
January 22, 2014
"From his teens to his 90's, William F. "Bill" Milliken has played a pioneering role in the key technical achievements of the American Century - the development of airplanes and automobiles for maximum stability and control.
Issue 105 cover - August 7, 2013
"Before Busch and Gordon, Watkins Glen was wowed by Linton and Milliken, and the 1948 crash that started it all
"Want the best read of your year? Get hold of a copy of Equations of Motion"
"No matter what aspect of design interests you, you will find inspiration in this thoughtful man"s history and his careful recounting of numerous projects and adventures, each of them worth a book of its own."
No. 178 / Settembre/Ottobre 2009
"For the technically-minded, the accounts [Milliken] gives of the projects with which he has been involved will be of great interest, while for the racing enthusiast, it is a fascinating story of the growth of road racing in the United States."
No. 264 / Summer 2009
"More pages for less money? This is not a sign of the new economy but a birthday present to the author who is now a proud 98."
"William F. Milliken"s autobiography, "Equations of Motion," is a marvelously entertaining read, all 658 pages. It is the remarkable story of a remarkable man . . . It will serve as the textbook to scholars of [motor racing]."
"[Equations of Motion] is a book full of science, adventure, philosophy and humour, copiously illustrated with rare photographs, that will intrigue a broad range of those interested in both aircraft and vehicle engineering."
"His automotive innovations have earned him the highest engineering honors, and his technical books are required reading for automotive engineers and students. But what really makes Milliken"s life interesting is his lifelong adventure of making rollicking play of challenging work."
"Even at 6S0 pages, this book seems insufficient to capture the full measure of Milliken"s industrious life . . . [this book] will captivate anyone who has even the remotest sense of wonder at the incomprehensibly quick advances in locomotion in the space of just one century."
"His autobiography belongs on all of our shelves."
No. 1 2007
" . . . revel in the experiences of an amazing man, and a very full life."
"Well written and edited and illustrated with great photos of both his aviation and automobile careers . . ."
"A large, heavy book, but very readable, and an important record of the early days of the aeronautical engineering profession."
"Tales of adventure, told with old-fashioned charm, animate this thoroughly detailed life story."
May June 2007
"Beginning with the adolescent who was equal parts Peter Pan and Dennis the Menace, and who really hasn"t changed much more than eight decades later, Bill"s life has been one of unrelenting adventure, together with risk and innovation."
"It"s just a fascinating look at motion through the 20th century."
""Equations of Motion" is an engaging portrayal of doing one"s best, following one"s dreams and taking the adventurous route to solving real challenges."
Fourth Quarter 2006
"Equations of Motion is a good read - a nice mix of anecdote, history and science, with just a dash of moral philosophy. Milliken set out to live a life of adventure and excitement, and he succeeded."
"[Bill] is a true American hero and I think every Bugatti owner and automobile enthusiast will find the entire book to be very enjoyable."
" . . . a worthwhile read. Bill Milliken"s personal memoir covering the nine decades of his fascinating life is a real treat, and racers will find his track exploits especially entertaining."
" . . . a chronicle of engineering developments in the airplane, automobile, and the auto racing industries."
"Equations of Motion is both a revealing personal memoir and a repository of insightful and expert musings on the essence and findings of research into the dynamics of ground and air vehicles."
"A wonderfully entertaining book . . . he recounts challenges and joys in the air and on the ground"
January 5, 2007
"Book of the month . . . A must for all car and aircraft enthusiasts."
"Whatever your leanings, Bill"s story is a delight."
"...each picture is surrounded by text that is as riveting as it is informative ..."