The New Atlantis #1: The Wall of Wind

Francis Bacon’s famous utopia/spec-fi, The New Atlantis (1624), imagines a future/parallel world that has “great and spacious houses where we imitate and demonstrate meteors”. Google Scholar Alerts just alerted me to the new “Wall of Wind” at Florida International University, a very Baconian fantasy indeed.

This is a great and spacious house that can imitate and demonstrate wind (and some rain) equivalent of a category 5 hurricane (see http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php for details about what that means), if it were contained to an area of 20ft wide by 14ft high (if only, huh!?).

There are probably many other “New Atlantis” style wind machines. So I might start collecting examples of them here too.

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