Post by Uncle Buddy on Jan 15, 2021 1:02:52 GMT -8
The inventors I'm looking into had an intuition that air could do more than the engineering establishment gave it credit for. I mean, who doesn't know, somewhere inside their innermost secret places, that the atmosphere is energized for free by the sun? We couldn't stop free pneumatic energy if we tried.
Except by ridiculing those who try. That would stop anyone from doing anything. The human being fears ridicule more than death.
The old-time inventors usually denied any interest in perpetual motion but only Tesla was smart enough to substitute the term "solar energy" before the press and the Discouragement Fraternity could get hold of the wild-sounding claims and pin the disparaging term "perpetual motion" on them.
What happened with air compressors was kinda like what happened with energy sources. Once a certain technology is established, it requires a true crisis, a real bad need, to wrench that thing out of its entrenched stranglehold and install something better in its place. We are literally only a few years into the industrial revolution. Still testing the waters with bad ideas, still buying our toys from the biggest bullies who got their industry set up in time to keep the good stuff from being noticed. Engineering progress as we know it has up to now been focused on minor improvements to bad ideas. That's why this forum exists, so people who think there are better ideas can have their say without being ridiculed.
William L. Saunders was the founder of Ingersoll Rand Inc. which is still one of the richest compressor corporations in the world. He was editor of Compressed Air Magazine which was published continuously for 101 years. He wrote two textbooks on compressed air. As a young man he got rich inventing the apparatus for getting petroleum out of the ocean floor.
Saunders stated that on one hand you have your engineers and their formulas and theories, while on the other hand you have your working stiffs who actually get their hands dirty with this stuff. The two had a weird tendency to get different results. Saunders said this. I think he knew something--probably a lot of things--that he didn't feel the world was ready to see published in a textbook. I mean he was personal friends of two presidents, a director of the Federal Reserve, twice-elected mayor of his city, and a lot more. He actually said that engineering was not getting to the point, that compressed air had capabilities that had not been tapped. He died in 1931.
Now it's 90 years since he died and the potential of compressed air has still not been tapped. Kind of pitiful, isn't it? We're sitting in our lemming loungers watching the icecaps melt and waiting for the end of the world, when we could have clean cars running on solar energy, but no. We're afraid someone is gonna call us names for trying.