who died of a heart attack aged 76, was one of the
UK's greatest electrical engineers. A giant of a man
and a amiable eccentric, his fascination with the
properties of gyroscopes led to him being branded
a heretic by the scientific establishment. The popular
press decided that his self-levitating gyroscopic
wheel was a magical "anti-gravity device"
gyroscopes fall into the same category as the Coreolis
force - the "I never did understand ..."
kind of commodity. This is a pity, for there is the
same "magic" in a gyroscope that is to be
found in an induction motor, and for the same reason.
All the action does not take place in the same plane,
which is what we assume when we draw pictures or use
vector diagrams. E.L.