Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bumble bee shouldn't fly

"Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway." - Mary Kay Ash

Wow…..what an inspiring sentence! For some reason, either the rhyme or the very topic, the sentence kept on ringing in my ears. If the sentence is any right, I want to fly too and I shall. Who doesn’t want to fly ? I was waiting for Dean Kamen’s secret invention IT (code named Ginger) for years hoping that it would be a individual flying transport, until his project became 1 in top 100 embarassing businees moments!! I have the very need to fly to avoid the traffic everyday. And to explore beautiful places all around earth and beyond. Fantasies of flying can go on……

But wait a minute, if the quote is only for inspiration, we have many other stories. Spiderman, Shaktiman. And when did aerodynamics agree that monkey can fly ? Don’t we have our own Hanuman for inspiration, who achieved great feats once he was made to realize his powers.

Since bumble bee does fly, either aerodynamics was wrong /not evolved or the person was ignorant. With all these thoughts formed in the background, I explored the topic on net.

Man, people have been curious like me and have taken the quote (or the myth about it) quite seriously! Web pages have been devoted only to explain or to talk about this.. Simplest explanation (in terms of comparision) comes from Doug Craigen, who says it involves different study of dynamic aerodynamics and suggests the moral lessons to advocate “keep flapping”.

In David Cushman‘s page ,the topic looks at various factors that affect the flying of bees and implications.

Here you can find the interesting insight on how it all started ! McMasters, John H goes on to explain how Jacob Ackeret, a famous supersonic aerodynamicist was thought to be a culprit initially. But later it was found out that Sainte-Lague, a lab assistant of famous entomologist August Magnan was the actual culprit.

A broadcasting company(WBQP tv) uses bee as its “mascot” and explains how the company, like bumble bee, has beaten all odds and rules to succeed!

Books have been written only on bumble bee and the theory.

So much for the bumble bee theory ……my original (childhood) curiosity still remains…can’t man fly, just like he could swim ?


At 2/10/2005 06:01:00 PM, Blogger SUNIL said...

I was informed that Ancient Indians had achieved these on

The ‘Asta siddhis’ that are described in our ancient yoga books are: Anima, Mahima, Laghima, Garima, Prapti, Prakamya, Ishitva and Vashitva.
‘Anima’ gives one an ability to make ones body incredibly small, even smaller than an atom.
‘Mahima’ gives one the ability to make ones physical body as big as one wishes. It is a known fact that with such amazing power Lord Krishna displayed his ‘Vishwa Roop’ in the battlefield of Kurukshetra to Arjuna.

With 'Laghima', a yogi can make his physical body as light and
with 'Garima' as heavy as one wishes.
With 'Prapti', one can acquire any material items in the world.
'Prakamya' gives power to satisfy any wish one has in his mind while
with 'Ishitva' he can rule over any one.
With 'Vashitva' a yogi can control anyone’s mind and make him work according to his wish.


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