The lecture and book expanded upon an article by Snow published in the New Statesman of 6 Octoberalso entitled The Two Cultures. And a Second Look:
How hot can we focus sunlight? I was head of an engineering transfer program at the time, and I wanted a corridor demonstration that would be intriguing to the public. I thought of a machine that would appear to run without an obvious source of power, but which in fact derived power from a well disguised coil which absorbed energy from the building wiring.
I drew up plans and delivered portions to a local machine shop. The owner of the machine shop pointed to a bearing in the plans and asked what type it was. This is a fake. I thought to explain that there is no such thing as a perpetual motion machine, but decided that I might offend the only machinist who seemed willing to help me.
What did it matter anyway?
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|History of Technology Heroes and Villains - A little light reading Here you will find a brief history of technology. Initially inspired by the development of batteries, it covers technology in general and includes some interesting little known, or long forgotten, facts as well as a few myths about the development of technology, the science behind it, the context in which it occurred and the deeds of the many personalities, eccentrics and charlatans involved.|
I had an adjunct faculty member who truly believed in cold fusion, after all, and perhaps this machinist truly believed in perpetual motion. On the other hand, he might be thinking I was some sort of cheat trying to perpetrate a fraud.
At any rate we continued to miscommunicate for a while longer, and finally let the project die. The documented search for perpetual motion begins in the 13th century. Villard de Honnescourt drew designs for such machines at that time.
There may be earlier designs, but perpetual motion is closely linked to machines, especially rotating machines, and machines are neither widespread nor very sophisticated before this time.
Before the invention of electric or gasoline motors there were limited ways to supply power to do work. Waterwheels, tidewheels, and windmills supplied power only in certain locations; man and animals supplied all the portable power.
People who had no access to a suitable stream, estuary, or windy hill-top sought alternatives, and inventors attempted to supply them with perpetual motion machines. The search continues to the present day. More recent designs for perpetual motion appear in response to crises, like the energy crisis, or high costs of fuels, or some poorly understood technological need.
What is perpetual motion?
The general public sees perpetual motion inexactly. Probably they view each machine as a special case. The physicist or engineer, on the other hand, is very precise and classifies perpetual motion machines according to which law of thermodynamics they violate.
These operate by no known principle. For example, the self accelerating wheel that has one side shielded with the H. Wells material "Cavorite" as in Figure 1.
Our academic grips the guardrail to view the cavorite engine, but losses his mortar board. Notice the large bolts that are required to keep antigravity material attached to the earth.Basically, the First Law of Thermodynamics is a statement of the conservation of energy - the Second Law is a statement about the direction of that conservation - and the Third Law is a statement about reaching Absolute Zero (0ï¿½ K).
For both Snow's original lecture, and the addendum, see C. P. Snow, The Two Cultures and a Second Look: An Expanded Version of the Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. (Cambridge at the University Press, ). Actually, Snow did not identify the "gathering" as a cocktail party.
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Note: there are 45 articles written by Mike Chrimes, Librarian of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: the majority relate to key civil engineers associated with the railway industry..
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