Eric Laithwaite: Unidentified magazine; "Laithwaite's Amazing Invention"

Professor Eric Laithwaite, of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, England, has invented an anti-gravity machine! Such a device has been the tool of science fiction writers and the dream of thinkers such as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, but until now e everyone had dismissed the idea as an impossibility.

Now Professor Laithwaite, who is already famous for inventing the linear induction motor, has demonstrated that his machine actually works. When switched on it reduces its weight!

If the machine is truly functional it must be but a short step to building a machine that will reduce its weight so much that it will simply float away.

The professor insists that he has discovered a principle that will solve the problems of interstellar flight. “With just a cupful of uranium we could reach the nearest star”, he says.

The professor’s prototype antigravity machine was demonstrated to the historic Royal Institution recently. He placed it on a pair of kitchen scales to prove that it does reduce its weight when in action.

Opinions vary whether or not it did are sharply divided. A disclaimer appeared in the prestigious New Scientist magazine soon after. The good professor explained patiently to us that the writer had no idea of what he had demonstrated and did not understand the principles involved.

The machine itself consists of a central upright rod which is spun by means of an electric motor at its base. Towards the top of the rod two smaller rods connect laterally. On the end of each is a brass gyroscope.

When these gyroscopes are spun with a blast of compressed air their movement causes the hinged rods to rise and revolve around the main spindle. This revolution is aided by the electric motor.

A curved rail counteracts their tendency to rise and forces them down again. The reaction to this provides the thrust for lifting, as the cycle repeats itself again and again.

The professor insists that he has no quarrel with Newtonian laws of motion, although many claims have been made by less well-informed commentators that he has. “But I do think Newton’s laws need modifying”, he comments.

Newton, it seems, rather overlooked the problems of gyroscopes and their tendency to do unexpected things. Laithwaite contends that Newton’s laws of motion should be modified to account for gyroscopic precessions.

The secret of his anti-gravity machine lies in the fact that no energy is required to return the gyroscope arms to their starting positions --- gyroscopes do that naturally as they precess.

It’s a difficult problem to explain the workings of the machine. Only time will tell us, the general public, if the professor has done his homework properly.

The scientist himself intends to demonstrate that he has indeed found a new kind of "inertial drive". "By 1976", he says, "I intend to lift a man off the floor of the Royal Institution".

Finally it should be known that the professor is no "crackpot" inventor. He has the following degrees: BSc., MSc., PhD., DSc., and has won international honors for his engineering achievements.

"Laithwaite’s Amazing Invention"

(Unidentified magazine, Jan. 2, 1975)

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