Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cutting-edge Science ... of 1910

These Craig Kennedy books really are fascinating from a cultural point of view. One of the very first stories dealt with really advanced medicine: using X-rays as medical treatment (to remove a birthmark). Another was about a guy trying to use a gyroscope to make a fixed-wing aircraft hover. Another dealt with the unheard-of technology of ... microphones!


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At 7:06 PM, February 16, 2011 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

A hovering aircraft reminds me of a book I read fairly recently in the Tom Clancy mold that had a satellite hovering over the North Pole. The author was a former Air Force or Navy navigator. Probably pretty good at telling where he is, but not so good on science. I guess he figured that since a satellite can "hover" over the equator, it ought to be able to hover over the pole.


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