Sometimes vacation travel carries us farther than we expect. Our visit to Cape Breton began with the village of Baddeck which overlooks the estate of Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) and counts among its many folksy attractions the in fact remarkably non-folksy museum displaying the “inventions” of a notable who looked a bit like Santa Claus but became absorbed with uber-reality.
Following in the footsteps of the family business of elocution and caring for the deaf, our sage was able to knock it up several notches by way of coming across a set of designs about the transmission of sound. The author of that windfall, Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894), had hitched his star to the thrust of reflection, rampant in nineteenth century German Idealist circles, whereby the sense of language (communicative waves) originates in a field far outstripping (but not obviating) specific sensibilities. As we take note of the amazing range of constructs stemming from the think tank at Baddeck during the last 40 years of Bell’s life, it is that paradoxical marshalling of infrastructure which acts as a compass guiding the mystifying output and very much in league with avant-garde physics and avant-garde metaphysics.
For instance, it would seem that the telephone and the hydrophone–two massive coups of technological design driven by Bell–have very little in common. But the taking to heart of wave-activity (human speech discerned as wave-like patterns to be transmitted upon an electrical vehicle) would have been decisive in his foraging within kinetic functions.
Perhaps the most graphic delineation of the intuition about the roots of disclosure being paradoxically cosmic rather than common-sensically human; and thereby having a user-friendly, user-involvement stature, appears regarding Bell’s facility for manned kites.
The developmental dimension of Bell’s methodology enabled him to readily surpass the Wright brothers’ original impact.
The open sesame of primordial dynamics brought to light a deployment of the ancient factor of tetrahedron as an integral part of the composition and durability of structures.
A vintage poster homage to the telephone and its complement of youthful, reflective wit!
“Flying Fish,” with flight derived from human depths.
A graphic design tracing back to Bell’s tetrahedron-infused manned kites.
A doughty pilot from the era when Bell was making aeronautical waves!
To lift planes you need to be conversant with waves.
Ever-improving! The ways of cutting edge.
A great, diagrammatic salute to uplift and invention!