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1918 science Magazine - the distances of space graphic (Original Post) Ichingcarpenter Oct 2012 OP
1970's view of the same from IBM scubadude Oct 2012 #1
That's such a cool video. I first saw that at the Simthsonian back in the late 70's. :) nt Javaman Oct 2012 #4
That's cool! LTR Oct 2012 #2
I liked the steampunk and amazing speed Ichingcarpenter Oct 2012 #3
They'd managed it, in an aeroplane, 5 years earlier muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #7
That was right at the point where technological change really started accellerating Posteritatis Nov 2012 #8
Between 1818 and 1914, the following were invented: muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #9
Link, please! LongTomH Oct 2012 #5
I instantly love those designs. (nt) Posteritatis Nov 2012 #6

Ichingcarpenter

(36,988 posts)
3. I liked the steampunk and amazing speed
Wed Oct 31, 2012, 07:01 AM
Oct 2012

Of 2 miles a minute.... why that's like 120 mph!

The crafts rock too.

muriel_volestrangler

(101,258 posts)
7. They'd managed it, in an aeroplane, 5 years earlier
Fri Nov 2, 2012, 08:27 PM
Nov 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_airspeed_record

And in a steam-driven car in 1906, and a (petrol-driven) motorcycle in 1907: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Steamer

You'd think they'd have been a little more ambitious in their speeds.

Posteritatis

(18,807 posts)
8. That was right at the point where technological change really started accellerating
Fri Nov 2, 2012, 08:31 PM
Nov 2012

The war aside, most of the world of 1918 wouldn't be too unfamiliar to someone from 1818, and someone from 1718 would be able to get the gist of things after adjusting for the effects of steam power and other such things. They would've seen a relatively stable progress in technology (again, the war notwithstanding) and would still be thinking in really incremental terms.

They probably were deliberately lowballing it, but would probably still be amazed at the idea of manned craft moving at 400 miles per hour, never mind the 20,000 that a space shuttle could pull off, or the five times that Galileo was doing at one point in its trip. Those would probably sound to people at the time the same way that talk of thousand-mile-an-hour passenger cars would today.

muriel_volestrangler

(101,258 posts)
9. Between 1818 and 1914, the following were invented:
Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:45 PM
Nov 2012

Steam and electric locomotives
steam ships
Mass produced steel
dynamos and electric motors
the electrical distribution system
electric lighting
the telegraph
the telephone
sound recording
radio
the internal combustion engine
the airplane
mechanical refrigeration

There was little invented in the First World War - tanks, chemical warfare. If you look at the list of air speed records, it looks like the war was a brake on it - from 1910 to 1914, the record went from 66mph to 134mph; by 1918, they'd got, unofficially, to 163mph.

A 'science' magazine should have been used to rapid technological change after all that.

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