Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Science is Cool

 Ever wonder how a transmission work? This vintage video makes physics seem pretty cool as it explains gears, levers, and  other features of physics.  The 1936 job does a much better job than all the Ted Talks, fancy graphics, and other new-fangled presentations.  Enjoy.


Anonymous said...

Now they use composite belts and plastic composite gears in Automatic Transmissions. Cars just got too damn reliable so they had to fix that.

Anonymous said...

This is part of a series, and yes, it's good.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Kingfish! Not only was that enjoyable and educational to watch but it brought back memories of my school days when such films were shown in the classroom. It was always a thrill to see the projector being rolled into the classroom.

Anonymous said...

Can't use the word 'shaft' any longer.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 4:48. Saw many of these type films in HS during shop, etc. Also got to set up projectors being part of the AV (Audiovisual) crew. Thanks so much for showing this. Know a few shade trees who would benefit from watching this and others like it.

Anonymous said...

It's a damn shame you can't hardly find a stick shift car or truck anymore.....nothing is as fun as a good four speed. I know the high performance cars can be bought with one but not your common jeeps, honda's, small trucks, etc. Everything is going front wheel drive, Constant velocity crap,

Anonymous said...

Human ingenuity will forever fascinate me. In a small way it makes me think back of my grandfather, WW1 a youngster returned to Simpson county started farming and somehow managed a household of ten....eight boys!
That said...when your a broke farmer in the middle of a plow field and your machinery figure out a way to fix it.

Anonymous said...

We've lost much of the focus of our creative genius away from making lives better to making a few richer. Hence we now have Bitcoin, credit default swaps, Facebook, and trial lawyers.

Anonymous said...

That's what used to be called "technology", and truly was. Today technology is computer programming - which has been hijacked and leveraged to create division among peoples or to sell stuff.

Jesse Pinkman said...


Gear Head said...

Nice posts except for the perpetual gripers at 5:07 and 6:35.

Better Than Ever said...

@7:02 You should take Honda off that list as they still make the accord in a manual trans. And also, the 'constant velocity' you speak of is for the joint on the axle, not in a transmission.

Anonymous said...

Most street crooks are unable to drive a manual transmission vehicle that even the illiterate could drive 80 years ago.

And most of today's educated youth can neither drive a stick shift nor understand how even a toilet operates.

It's really tragic.

Of course these days every 10 year old can program and use a cell phone app and bypass the parental control on all their electronics.

That's life I guess.

Anonymous said...

"nothing is as fun as a good four speed. I know the high performance cars can be bought with one but not your common jeeps, honda's, small trucks, etc."

Try a 14-speed. Or one with 3 stick shifts.

Also, Jeep Wranglers come standard with a manual transmission; although as a 6-speed it might not meet your 4-speed criteria. I'm unaware of any vehicle made today with a 4-speed manual, but there are several with manuals with more gears.

Anonymous said...

Millennial here. I drive a Nissan sedan with a 5 speed manual gearbox. Every import manufacturer offers manual as a base transmission. Few dealers keep them on inventory.

Don’t see the big deal and nobody is impressed by it. It is 2021 and people are more impressed by automation like self driving cars and vehicle touch screens, than manual labor.

Geezers never miss a chance to announce how they are old and out of touch with the modern world.

Anonymous said...

Hey Millennial - it's often been said, "Their generation just has too much." That's why nothing is impressive to your generation, and nothing really lasts built by it's been pretty easy all your life with things we only saw in science fiction movies when we were young. And your generation will be on watch while the world burns because the Boomers were so busy giving you all that comfort, ease, and entertainment - and not making you think more deeply about the real gears that make the world turn.

Very few engineers in your generation....too many social media influencer soy boys.

Anonymous said...

Today's cars are significantly more reliable than those of the past, and they are much safer as well.

Being able to understand how every machine works is pointless for most. If it is enjoyable to learn, then go for it.

As far as the generational rage being expressed, generalizations make the writer seem facile to say the least.

Anonymous said...


Have you lost your mind? Millenials are the ones who are going to work the rest of their lives cleaning up the enormous mess left behind by the spoiled and entitled Boomers.

What you basically said is true for the Boomers' parents--they are the ones who fought in WW2 to give Boomers all the comforts they threw away, they were the last good generation. WW2, Korea, sending men to the moon, etc.

We can thank boomers for:

-Spending their youth in the 60s, 70s, 80s living unhealthy party lifestyles engaging in smoking, unhealthy food, unprotected sex and now are a huge healthcare cost to our system that we have to pay for

-Being fiscally irresponsible and putting this country trillions of dollars in debt

-2008 crash and ruining the economy

-Criticizing technology even though they use it

I can go on and on. But it sounds like you need a reality check about who caused the problems and who is fixing them.

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