Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Become an Active Time-Binder. Learn. ..from the Experience ... and Mistakes ... of Your Ancestors

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Become an Active Time-Binder. Learn. ..from the Experience ... and Mistakes ... of Your Ancestors

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TIME BINDING: THAT SINKING FEELING

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IN 1625, Sweden's king, Gustavus Adolphus, decided that his country needed a strong navy if Sweden was to be considered a major world power. He ordered construction of a number of fighting ships, including a massive super gun-boat, the Vasa.

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In 1628, when the Vasa was launched, the king was away attempting to conquer Poland. The Vasa sailed a short distance, fired a salute, heeled over, and sank. (Heeled over means turning onto its side) The news upset the king, and he ordered an investigation.

The naval architect who oversaw the building of the ship managed to escape the investigation by dying before the Vasa was launched and was unavailable for comment. The investigating committee agreed that the Vasa had been well built, but the ratio of her dimensions did not agree with time-tested ratios. The investigation quietly went away.

One might ask if the ratios, that is, length, to width, to height, to weight, had been established for years, why did the designers ignore them? …

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