Let’s go on a magic carpet ridePosted: April 30, 2012
What is it with all these scientists exploring the domains of fairy tales and legends?
When I created the invisible cloak cartoon, I discovered that scientists had actually achieved an invisible cloak (well, not exactly, but did a whole heaps of calculations and demonstrated on a small model). Thinking that flying carpets would be a no go zone, I was surprised to find a mathematician (and a team – can you imagine asking for a support team – how would that conversation go with your boss, I wonder) has proven mathematically it is possible. (See Telegraph post for those technically inclined).
To a scientist, this means it’s possible in theory, but to an engineer, this means the next trick is to achieve this in practical terms.
What other cool things in fairy tales do you wish were possible? You may find some scientist and their support team are busy trying to make it true, just for you!