“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash
But wait a minute, if the quote is only for inspiration, we have many other stories. Spiderman, Shaktiman. And when did aerodynamics agree that monkey can fly ? Donât we have our own Hanuman for inspiration, who achieved great feats once he was made to realize his powers.
Since bumble bee does fly, either aerodynamics was wrong /not evolved or the person was ignorant. With all these thoughts formed in the background, I explored the topic on net.
Man, people have been curious like me and have taken the quote (or the myth about it) quite seriously! Web pages have been devoted only to explain or to talk about this.. Simplest explanation (in terms of comparision) comes from Doug Craigen, who says it involves different study of dynamic aerodynamics and suggests the moral lessons to advocate âkeep flappingâ?.
In David Cushmanâs page ,the topic looks at various factors that affect the flying of bees and implications.
Here you can find the interesting insight on how it all started ! McMasters, John H goes on to explain how Jacob Ackeret, a famous supersonic aerodynamicist was thought to be a culprit initially. But later it was found out that Sainte-Lague, a lab assistant of famous entomologist August Magnan was the actual culprit.
A broadcasting company(WBQP tv) uses bee as its âmascotâ? and explains how the company, like bumble bee, has beaten all odds and rules to succeed!
Books have been written only on bumble bee and the theory.
So much for the bumble bee theory â¦â¦my original (childhood) curiosity still remainsâ¦canât man fly, just like he could swim ?