Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
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Easy travel to other planets

Someone recently brought an 1847 pamphlet to my attention:

ORRIN LINDSAY'S

PLAN OF

AERIAL NAVIGATION,

WITH A NARRATIVE OF HIS EXPLORATIONS IN THE

HIGHER REGIONS OF THE ATMOSPHERE,

AND HIS WONDERFUL

VOYAGE ROUND THE MOON!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Edited by J. L. RIDDELL, M.D.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Which is basically a "serious scientific paper" about experiments with something that sounds one hell of a lot like Cavorite, which pre-dates Wells by 54 years.

So I checked, and the British Library had an old microfilm of its original publication. And I have now typed it in, I think pretty well, except that there's an S in one of the equations that seems to have come out of nowhere, and it will be several weeks before I can get back to the British Library and check where I got things wrong.

One thing - I couldn't work out a good way of coding the HTML for the equations without getting ridiculously complicated, so I drew them instead, and they look a bit naff. Anyone up to converting them to HTML?

I've put it on line here, but won't be linking to it on my sites etc. until I'm a bit happier with it.

http://www.forgottenfutures.co.uk/lindsay/moon.htm
Tags: forgotten futures, science, scientific romance
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