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Monthly Archives: January, 2015

KLEMANTASKI’S FINE EYE

LOUIS KLEMANTASKI produced fine photography of the greatest eras of motorsport. The period 1935 – 1939 had Tazio Nuvolari contesting (and finally joining) the Third-Reich-sponsored mights of Auto Union and … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

FLYING AROUND THE WORLD—IN 1920?

A WONDERFUL poster came my way through Facebook car/aviation colleague Tom Heitzman. The Lake Aero Corporation of Bridgeport, Connecticut, proposed an ambitious plan to fly around the world—in 1920. Lake … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

FOLLOWING A SCENT

SHERLOCK HOLMES used his highly perceptive senses as essential tools in his deductions. His chronicler Dr. John H. Watson often praised Holmes’s uncanny ability of identifying a culprit’s features or … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

ARTS AND CRAFTS IN CALIFORNIA

ARTS AND CRAFTS didn’t originate in California, but the movement reached a local high in that state at the beginning of the 20th century. The residential architecture and furnishings of … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

COMBED COCONUTS HAVE COWLICKS

I FIND comfort in fixed point theorems. Briefly, these mathematical verities say that, under certain conditions, some things don’t change: They are fixed. A comforting thought. The more general the … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

FUN (AND UTILITY) WITH SCIENCE

PUNCH CARD Programmable Microfluidics holds the promise of bringing more science out of the research lab and into the developing world. It could also be a lot of fun encouraging … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

BUGATTI U-16 ENGINE

ONE OF Ettore Bugatti’s more exuberant engine designs had logic, if not luck, in its favor. This engine was a U-16, a pair of Bugatti inline-8 designs aligned in two … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 1 Comment