Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Gravity Monuments!

I posted a query yesterday on MetaFilter about where there might still be (or have been) any of the Gravity Monuments erected on college campuses in the 1960's and (maybe?) 1970's by the Gravity Research Foundation. We had one at Colby College when I was there (1980-84) and it was a constant source of goofy joy.

Turns out there were others. A little searching before I posted turned up one that had been at SMU and another at Emory. The MetaFilter discussion turned up mentions of such monuments at Hobart College, Tufts, and Middlebury College. It seems very likely that there was/is also one at Babson College, which was founded by The Foundation's own Roger Babson.

So far, I've seen two different texts for the monuments:

" remind students of the blessings forthcoming when science determines what gravity is, how it works, and how it may be controlled."

" remind students of the blessings forthcoming when a semi-insulator is discovered in order to harness gravity as a free power and reduce airplane accidents."
I think this may be the start of an on-line collection.


K said...

Thanks! Been wondering for years what the monument on the campus of Middlebury College was about.

Anonymous said...

Still not clear on the real purpose. What a noble effort to educate about possibilities related to gravity. Hmm.

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