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VALUE OF SCIENTIFIC GROUNDWORK.


impossible in this mention the great loss which the factory (and the country, it may be said), has suffered in the death of Mr E. T. Busk, who recently lost his life in the execution of his duties, being burnt to death in mid-air whilst person- ally carrying ont investigations of an character without connection to Over pass experimental Mr. Busk combined with exceptional ability experimenter very thorough knowledge of his largely responsible for the design and as all work; he coustruction of many instruments and appliances which have proved of the greatest service in the development of the present-day machine There are many of the less-informed embers of the public who believe that the flying-machine has beeu developed, and is to-day being designed, by empirical methods, and that the scientific man has had nothing to do with it, except, perhaps, late in the day, to give plausible explanations of the "whys and wherefores." Nothing is further from the truth. The work relating to the design and construction of the modern aeroplane is quite calculation, in fact, rather more so, than in the case of shipbuilding. properties of a machine, whether it be lifting power, propulsion, treatment, and are as and wind-channel experient in ship design. In scientific work connected with flight (as pointed out by the author in his recent James Forrest Lecture), the work which has been done in this country is far in advance of that done on the Continent; is this the case in connection with stability: it is fair to take it that the advantageous position in which Britain finds herself to-day in the matter of aireraft is legitimately was as ch the result of careful and scientific All matters connected with the flying stability, amenable to rigorous scientific carefully founded on or are scale-model as the analogous problems especially

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