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John William Dunne

British soldier, aeronautical engineer and philosopher

John William Dunne FRAeS (2 December 1875 – 24 August 1949) was a British aeronautical engineer, philosopher and author. In the early years of the 20th century he developed the first stable aircraft, many of a characteristic tailless swept-wing design. he later became well known as a philosopher through his theory of serialism, on the nature of time and consciousness.

QuotesEdit

Lecture to the Royal Aeronautical Society (1913)Edit

Dunne, John William; "The Theory of the Dunne Aeroplane", The Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 17, No. 66, April 1913, pp. 83-102.
  • But the facts are unquestioned. The aeroplane does these things, and if the theory does not give warranty for the practice, then it is the theory which is wrong.

An Experiment with Time (1927)Edit

Dunne, John William; An Experiment With Time, (reprint), Hampton Roads, 2001.
  • Now, when we say of any occurrence that it is 'physical', we mean thereby that it is potentially describable in physical terms. (Otherwise the expression would be wholly meaningless.) So it is perfectly correct, to state that, in every happening with which our sensory nerves are associated, we find, after we have abstracted therefrom every known or imaginable physical component, certain categorically nonphysical residue.
    • p. 5
  • We must live before we can attain to either intelligence or control at all. We must sleep if we are not to find ourselves, at death, helplessly strange to the new conditions. And we must die before we can hope to advance to a broader understanding.
    • p. 111


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