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19th Centuary Sci Fi was right! (Inventions Expanded)

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Ion Zone
752769.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:23 pm Reply with quote

Since we are talking about inventions I thought it would be good to discuss early Sci Fi (Without taking over the Inventions and Inventors thread). Strangely right, or completely wrong?

From Wikipedia:

"Maison tournante aérienne" (aerial rotating house) by Albert Robida for his book Le Vingtième Siècle, a nineteenth-century conception of life in the twentieth century

Of course, the nearest analog to this comical flight of fancy would be....

 of those rotating houses.


Link - some that almost look like the tournante aérienne

This one generates five times more energy than it uses.

Spud McLaren
752798.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:00 pm Reply with quote

This one's not likely to end up as band A for Council Tax, either, I'd say...

Ian Dunn
752949.  Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:53 am Reply with quote

Correct sci-fi predictions date back further than the 19th century. According to The QI Book of the Dead, in the 18th century Casanova wrote a five-volume sci-fi novel called Icosaméron which predicted the motor car, the aeroplane and TV amongst other things.

Also, in Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift correctly predicted that the planet Mars has two moons. He claimed that Laputian astronomers knew that Phobos and Deimos existed.

Source: The Internet Encyclopedia of Science

752976.  Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:44 pm Reply with quote

I believe the conventional explanation for that goes thus:

Earth has one moon. (Oh yes it does!) Jupiter was at Swift's time known to have four, so to fit the geometric progression Mars must surely have two.

No, of course it doesn't make astronomical sense - but then neither does Bode's law, which was generally accepted until 1846 when the discovery of Neptune rather buggered it up. The first asteroid to be discovered - Ceres - was only discovered because astronomers looked for it in the place that Bode's Law said a planet ought to be.

Ion Zone
752995.  Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:56 pm Reply with quote

That's interesting.

We all know about satellites being predicted, but here's some other fantastic stuff (though a little bit mundane now).

dr bartolo
759233.  Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:08 am Reply with quote

the house looks like it was ripped out of the dream of some steampunk maniac....
(or one of his doodles)


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