Tag: David Taylor

Dusty Naval Guys

Here they are. The men who take up my brain-space, time, and energy as I complete my book for Springer Verlag, tentatively titled, “Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceans and Sky” William Froude who championed and proved the value of scale model testing in the 1870’s. David Watson […]

A Science Hall of Fame With a Twist

On January 14, Science ran a Gonzo Scientist piece entitled, “The Science Hall of Fame.” John Bohannon details the ways in which this particular Science Hall of Fame (SH0F), curated by Adrian Veres and John Bohannon, measures fame in terms of the number of times a person’s name has appeared in books over the centuries. […]

The Speed and Power of Ships

I finally found a 1910 edition of The Speed and Power of Ships (by David Watson Taylor) to go with my 1943 edition!  I needed it to see what changes, if any, had been made to the initial assumptions section.  I also wanted to see whose work Taylor referenced in the original edition.  It was […]

Who was David Taylor?

I’m tremendously interested in the ways technology evolved in the 20th century. There are so many things we use today that simply didn’t exist at the end of the 1800’s. And yet here we are, taking ocean voyages on vessels with gyroscopes to stabilize them, watching planes take off from the deck of carriers, lighting […]