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S. P. Langley's Pioneer Work in Aviation1

Nature volume 110, pages 637638 (11 November 1922) | Download Citation



THE work of Prof. S. P. Langley in aviation is such a first-rate example of systematic inquiry—of a type rightly called scientific—that no excuse is needed in again directing attention to it. Progress was made step-by-step in the face of formidable difficulties, and no attempts were made to solve the problems of mechanical flight by bursts of brilliance or invention. The scientific method appears to be most suitable for the great bulk of human endeavour and is required in the interpretation and development of striking innovations.

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