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О книге «Путь к рассвету Дэвид Питер»
Along the way, he finds that speed is more than just getting us from point A to B, it's also about getting things done in less time. We are hardwired for speed, and whether it's pushing information to travel at the speed of light, or jumping out of a balloon to break the sound barrier, today we are smashing through limits long thought unbreakable. From high speed computer crashes roiling the financial markets… The limit to how fast all things can go is determined by two factors.
From boarding a 737 to pushing the speed light travels, Pogue's quest for ultimate speed limits takes him to unexpected places where he'll come face-to-face with the final frontiers of speed. Everywhere you look, scientists are discovering new ways to make stuff faster. The first is energy, how much you can put into a system. But here, Oracle's engineers were able to smash through what you'd think would be a natural limit, the speed of the wind itself.
Sometimes to explore, sometimes to make money, and sometimes just because we want to win; case in point: the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailboat race. Built almost entirely of carbon fiber, it's about the same length but four times lighter than a traditional America's Cup boat.
The Oracle takes 15 miles an hour of wind and turns it into over 40 miles an hour of forward speed.
And they do that by re-thinking the most basic element of a sailboat. The paper is lifting for the same reason Frisbees® float and airplanes fly. As a boat moves through the water, it's slowed down by drag. Their idea was to get this entire six-ton boat to lift out of the water and surf on a foil of carbon fiber. After two years of training, the moment of truth arrives for Team Oracle.
To find out, I've come to Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, to have a friendly race against Don Miguel, a competitive sprinter from Trinidad. Our actual strides are happening, we're moving our legs, at the same speed?
When you put the graphs of Don's force and mine next to each other, the difference becomes clear.