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That Explains A Lot

Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.

Dr Dionysius Lardner (1793–1859)


Doctor Dionysius Lardner

Dionysius Lardner was born in Ireland in 1793, became Professor of natural philosophy and astronomy at University College, London in 1828.

He was a great populariser of science through lecture tours and books. 304 more words


A missed opportunity for railways

The Leeds Intelligencer of Saturday 16 September 1837 reported on the seventh annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, which had begun at Liverpool on the previous Monday. 153 more words


“Rail travel at high speeds is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.”

—  Dionysius Lardner (1842 – 1914) US journalist, short-story writer

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