posted on Aug, 23 2009 @ 10:33 PM
Professor Ulf Leonhardt is working on a blueprint for a practical cloaking device that could even protect coastlines from water waves; a Royal
Society's Theo Murphy Blue Skies award will allow Leonhardt to pursue full time for the next two years "turning science fiction into a reality"
A physicist at the University of St. Andrews hopes to make major advances in the tantalizing field of invisibility in the next two years. Professor
Ulf Leonhardt, who cites the Invisible Woman and Harry Potter as sources of inspiration, is working on a blueprint for a practical cloaking device
that could even protect coastlines from water waves. Now, thanks to funding from the Royal Society's Theo Murphy Blue Skies award, Professor
Leonhardt will be able to pursue full time for the next two years "turning science fiction into a reality."
The researcher, who describes his invisibility work as "geometry, light and a wee bit of magic," is inspired by optical illusions, Arabia, and the
imagination of his children. He said,
The idea of invisibility has fascinated people for millennia, inspiring many myths, novels and films. In 2006, I began my involvement in turning
invisibility from fiction into science, and, over the next two years, I plan to develop ideas that may turn invisibility from frontier science into
Technology is the modern form of magic; imagine your ancestor being transported into the future - they never thought it possible that people could
fly or talk to others in different parts of the world. Fantastical, magical things are possible in principle; the question is whether you can turn
them into practice, and that depends largely on ideas, which are even more essential than the development of new materials.
Wow, Technology These Days ^_^ What Do You Think Of This?