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Old March 28th, 2005 #1
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Default Carl Frederick Krafft

An obscure white genius, again, this time a man who seems to have anticipated much of what came after him by at least one generation... go to the second link for an excerpt of his classic short work The Ether and its Vortexes which seems to have anticipated scalar interferometry by more than two.

The classic example of the man who works in obscurity all his life and leaves things behind for the rest of us to pick up on. The oddest trait of our people and in some ways the most admirable. To work for a world we may never see is critical for the race to move forward.

http://www.navi.net/~rsc/krafft.html

http://www.navi.net/~rsc/krafft02.htm

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In 1926 a small work appeared called "Spirazines", which was an attempt by it's author to explain the reproduction of life forms from a mechanistic rather than a "vitalistic" basis. The author was Carl Frederick Krafft, and his work anticipated and presaged many of the findings and directions of the next five generations of scientific research.

Krafft was a patent examiner who was, apparently, self taught. This might explain, in part, why he had such difficulty getting published or recognised in "official" circles. He writes in his 1931 work, "Can Science Explain Life", a reworking of his earlier work:





"The Spirazine hypothesis was conceived in December, 1925. During the year 1926 every possible effort was made to obtain publication of it in the scientific magazines, but without success. In some cases the article was returned without any comments whatever, which may have been an expiditious but not a very honorable method of executing the duties which attach themselves to the office of editorship....In still other cases it was returned with certain evasive excuses, as for example it was "too technical", although the real reason was probably that the author was not sufficiently noted." [...]





In his entire career of innovating explanatory theory in biology, chemistry and physics, Krafft was noted only once: an abstract of his work on Spirazines was recorded in Chemical Abstracts, 22, 2584 (July 20, 1928).




Most of Krafft's works ended up as donations to libraries where, at least, they could be found later by interested researchers in nearly pristine condition.

In that first reprint, Krafft presented for the first time a likely structure for the genetic material, essentially a double helix, which he dubbed a "reversely twisted spiral", predating Watson and Crick by over 30 years...
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Beautiful example. Very obvious reference to the "double helix" we now call DNA.

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"The Spirazine hypothesis was conceived in December, 1925. During the year 1926 every possible effort was made to obtain publication of it in the scientific magazines, but without success. In some cases the article was returned without any comments whatever, which may have been an expiditious but not a very honorable method of executing the duties which attach themselves to the office of editorship....In still other cases it was returned with certain evasive excuses, as for example it was "too technical", although the real reason was probably that the author was not sufficiently noted."

He was probably dismissed as a lunatic.


Not only that, but there seems a striking resemblance with his other work with elements of string theory - the graphical representations of his calcs. hint that he might have grazed it.

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In that first reprint, Krafft presented for the first time a likely structure for the genetic material, essentially a double helix, which he dubbed a "reversely twisted spiral", predating Watson and Crick by over 30 years. He also anticipated many modern concepts regarding entropy, information and system theory. As if that weren't enough, he also outlined a new theory of the atom as composed of vortices which could be visualized, explaining positive and negative electricity and the reasons for the qualitative and quantitative differences between the proton and the electron.
and further:

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It is sometimes said that any theory which purports to tell us what electricity and the elementary particles of matter really are, stands condemned at the outset. Although it is true that we cannot make something out of nothing, still we do not need to begin with a complex array of protons, electrons and neutrons as our starting point. These subatomic particles and their associated fields of force may themselves consist of selfsustaining forms of motion, such as vortex motion, in a hypothetical ether having only certain general properties, such as inertia and fluidity, but no specific internal structure or molecules with atomic oscillators. Any fluid medium that is capable of supporting wave motion should also capable of supporting vortex motion, and it would seem inconsistent, after recognizing light as a wave motion in the ether, to refuse to recognize the elementary particles of matter as vortex motion in the same ether

You might say he was the discoverer of wave-particle duality.
 
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