1178Re: [pop-pop-steamboats] Re: Pop-Pop Steamboats membership
- Jan 4, 2009Hoo BOY!!!!
You are treading dangerously close to one of my big cussbuttons!!
" I wonder how many inventions are swept aside because they showed no immediate
promise at the time and something better turned up."
I am stunned so few realize (or realize and dismiss) that technology evolved via the technology of the day.
So, realizing this, a few things should be obvious:
1. "Tried it long ago and it didn't work," is not necessarily a valid thought.
One or two critical developments and technological evolution could have took a different direction.
2. Automatic dismissal based on 100 year old (anymore it may be closer to 100 days old) considerations is not a good idea.
Of course all generalities are false, including this one. It is probably OK to skip over the latest perpetual motion machine....
bit, personally, I stil look close for any new ideas it may spark. ;o)
Richard Mundy wrote:
thanks for the link. Technology hurtles along so fast I wonder how
many inventions are swept aside because they showed no immediate
promise at the time and something better turned up. I am hugely
interested in experimental archeology. Recreating something like the
Rumsey boat is not only interesting but inspirational.
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