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Kites: the rise and fall of a scientific object

Suay, Juan Miguel and Teira, David (2014) Kites: the rise and fall of a scientific object. Nuncius, 29 (2). pp. 439-463. ISSN 1825-3911

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Abstract

Between 1753 and 1914, kites were used as scientific objects in different branches of physics. First, as experimental instruments in electrical experiments. Then, still in the 1750s,we find theoretical models of the flight of kites. In the late 19thcentury, sophisticated technological kites were also used for aerological measurement. Finally, at the turnof the past century, kites served early aeronautical researchers as scale models of wings. In all cases, there was a rise and a fall: kites were reasonably successful in all these roles, but they could not produce interesting enough results to stand the competitionof more efficient alternatives


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Suay, Juan Miguel
Teira, David
Keywords: kite electrical kite aerology glider
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Prof. David Teira
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2020 19:04
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2020 19:04
Item ID: 18148
Journal or Publication Title: Nuncius
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1163/18253911-02902004
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1163/18253911-02902004
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Technology
Date: 2014
Page Range: pp. 439-463
Volume: 29
Number: 2
ISSN: 1825-3911
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18148

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