Bumblebee Flight is Not Scientifically Impossible

August 9, 2011 at 2:00 am 4 comments

By Terry D. Johnson

The myth that bumblebee flight is scientifically impossible persists today. Even some presidential hopefuls believe it. Don’t be fooled. This tale’s been floating around since the 1930s, back when aerodynamics was emerging from a science.

Various luminaries in the field of fluid dynamics have been accused of popularizing the idea, which seems to have originated in a collaboration between French entomologist Antoine Magnan and his assistant, the mathematician André Sainte-Laguë. Sainte-Laguë had done a primitive calculation on the aerodynamics of bumblebee flight, assuming that the wings we perfectly smooth and flat. They also ignored more complicated aerodynamics in favor of a simpler model.

These assumptions made the calculation easier…and the answer wrong. Magnan himself wrote: “One shouldn’t be surprised that the results of the calculations don’t square with reality.” That didn’t stop the myth from achieving enough lift to take off.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sourav Chakraborty  |  August 19, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Obviously it is scientifically possible. It is just that the current theory is not good enough or just plain wrong somewhere. Maybe they should add a “bumblebee constant” to their formula!

  • 2. Joe Kane  |  August 22, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Well, “Science” does not “say” anything regarding possible or impossible. It only makes hypotheses and eperiments to prove or disprove them. Of course this is a simplification, but true.

  • 3. Joshua  |  August 29, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Check out this aweseome site there on this page you will find information explaining how antigravity works in a bumblebees flight

    Science has no idea what they are talking about.. ‘science’ i mean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3nxWVnpiH4
    Flying bumblebees, wasps, dragonflys, etc. are actually a form of natures own anti-gravity. Because we don’t live in a nuclear universe of heat expansion and the energy that created matter is not contained in itself, nor is energy itself an effect of matter.. we live in an electric-magnetic universe! The newtonian/einsteinian foundations of our science is inherently FLAWfull

    Those such as Walter Russell have been suppressed and ignored but mostly misunderstood by those of their time.. there is a secret to the universe and all things that we all can easily tap but in order to do so we need to shed our misconceptions and false conclusions that have only been empowered to perpetuate war, greed, selfish agendas, and the enslavement of humanity from its TRUE potential of unity, peace, oneness, and abundance!

    Its time for us to all love one another and stand for what we know is right in our hearts

  • 4. phelpysan  |  February 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Albert Einstein said that “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”

    Current facts are that bumblebees can fly. Current theory is that they can’t. I think we know which one should be changed.


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