to Wilf's Science Pages
These pages include alternative theories and descriptions
of possible inventions.
And more inventions to come.
Each description is illustrated where appropriate.
The main illustrations follow the texts but some of
the movies also relate to the descriptions.
What is it really like?
Magnetism's REAL properties
- This is an essay based on my objections to the illogical
way astronomers put magnetism before electricity.
- A Note to Jim Al Khalili
- This essay was prompted by remarks made by Jim Al
Khalili at a Royal Institution lecture on Quantim Physics
and Magnetics for Astronomers
Astronomers have some very strange ideas about electricity
and magnetism. This says what electricity and magnetism are really
- This is a short piece offering an alternative view
of some of the sun's workings.
Matter or Dark Energy
- An alternative hypothesis to the theories concening
Dark Energy and Dark Matter and the expansion of the Universe
the Hubble Constant constant?
- A few thoughts about the Hubble Constant
- Making Mars More
- Some suggestions to make living on Mars safer.
A Wave Powered Air Pump
- This is an air pump that can inflate life jackets,
life rafts and balloons among other things.
- This is also a wave powered device that can generate
heat to help prevent hypothermia for survivors at sea.
- A Life Bag
- This device is designed to provide a survivor at
sea with some thermal insulation and protection from the wind.
- Sea Generator
- This is a wave powered device that can provide a
small amount of electricty continually to power signalling devices.
- An Under Sea Noise Maker
- This device uses wave power to make a sound under
water to help detect a survivor at sea by using of hydrophones.
- The kite is designed to lift in a light wind and
carry a range of devices that will help in the detection of a
survivor at sea.
- A Car
- The comb is a simple addition to a car (or anything
else) to give it a unique identity
- If I had a Tardis
- This was inspired by a friend who is very interested
in navigation. Is it science, history or a story?
- If someone writes a book or composes a song, it has only
to be published to get an automatic copyright protection. It
is easier to write something in text than it is to buy the parts
then build and test an invention. I do it here. :-)
- The current laws in most countries concerning inventions
require the inventor to apply for a patent, that can, when granted,
give the inventor the right to sue anyone who copies the invention.
This is a very costly process. Firstly, a patent agent has to
be employed. The agent will try to ensure that the patent applied
for is described in such a manner that it is very difficult or
even impossible for someone to infringe the patent. Then, when
the patent has been granted and paid for (In all the countries
where the inventor wants protection) the inventors worries begin.
The expensive "protection" offered by the patent lasts
only for ten years in most countries. (Compare this to a "free"
copyright worldwide that lasts for 50 years after the author's
death.) The patent offices of the world make details of all valid
patents accessible to anyone who wants to study them. All the
work done by the inventor can then be used for someone to try
to find a way to produce something that does the same job as
the original invention. If a big company decides that it wants
to use the invention, or a derivative of it, the company just
goes ahead with the project if it thinks that the inventor cannot
afford to defend the patent in law. If an inventor succeeds in
defending his patent, as in the case Dyson versus Hoover, it
makes headline news.
- There is a clause in British patent law that says that a
patent cannot be granted if information related to its novelty
has already been published. I therefore describe and publish
my inventions in these pages to make them public knowledge. In
this way nobody can get a patent on the inventions that
I have invented. I know that there is no way that I can earn
any money from my inventions because I cannot afford the costs
involved to get and pay for the legal fees needed. I cannot win
by publishing my inventions here but I cannot lose either. However,
I think that the principles I describe could help somebody somewhere
at sometime in the future. That is enough reward in itself.
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- I am in the process of developing a device to assist blind
people in assessing the colours of objects and ambient light.
When the prototype has been tested, it will be described here
in these pages.
- Many years ago I worked out the ideas for flat screen television
and three dimensional television. In those days it was impossible
to organise the transistors on the inside of a screen's surface
to control the colour and brightness of the pixels needed. Since
then electronics has developed to such a degree that my original
ideas have now beome practical. The flat screens used with computers
nowadays use different principles to those I worked on but the
result has been the same. However, nobody has yet produced a
three dimensional screen that would work like the one I invented.
(I was inpired by the picture of such a screen in an old copy
of the Eagle comic in the Dan Dare strip drawn by Frank Hampson.)
- The pictures drawn by Frank Hampson showed a spherical display
that could be viewed from any angle like a giant crystal ball.
My first three dimensional display was designed to be hemispherical.
One version would give the depth and reality of a theatre stage
and the other would be a view from above. This latter version
could be used to display sports matches or medical operations.
Another sort of flat screen display is suited to very large screens.
This will also be described fairly soon.
- If you are interested in any of my inventions, please send
me an email.
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