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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Prism Window  
  A device for getting a better view of the ground from inside an airplane.  

Now why didn't I think of this? What is it that you are always trying to get a better view of from an airplane? The ground, of course.

It wasn't a pleasant trip; it was a miserable trip on a miserable, undersized tourist rocket. We flew low, and there were prism windows at all seats, which never fail to make me airsick. Your turn your head and look out and you're looking straight down.
From The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).
Published by St. Martin's Press in 1952
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