What's really interesting about this is how early it was in the age of manned flight, and it's talking about a 'treatise' which was actually a pocket
book, first sold in Germany, but translated to English for further distribution. The book started out in 1895, before flight had been achieved, and
sounds like a repository of the leading ideas & designs at the time, the basics of known principles & history of what had been achieved up until then.
It also included tables & formulas, plus a list of the societies at the time.
To me it seems like a certain bit of humanity has been lost over the years. I suppose we have the same thing with mailing lists and groups, forums &
speciality sites, but it's actually a little disconcerting when I look back at how critical I or others have been on people who are working on new
technologies. There's a notion that if something has first been predicted, confirmed & approved by the establishment, it's pseudoscience.
Yet, back in the late 1800s, and early 1900s, you can find members of esteem, scientists critical on powered flight, as much as providing a
'debunking' themselves. Though it seems today that mentality is far more popular.
From the 60s, where establishment thinking and bureaucracy along with accepted and affirmed behaviours & system, had all moved long ahead of where
it'd been half a century earlier, I found another article with a brilliant quote in it:
They go on to say that science is an art-form, not a simple method
. For some, especially chemists (as they are basically not much different
from culinary artists if they are practical) or engineers-mechanical or otherwise, or probably of various disciplines, this might resonate for them.
It's a nice step out of the mundane, boring we might see the world of corporate work or study today.
There was a time of great invention, and thinking outside the box was far more valuable than inside.
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