I have received lots of praise, but also some negative comments about my latest video.
People said that is shows the effect of tapered bands, but that it does not explain the fact, and it does not say how a better band can be derived from it.
Of course the video does not explain what happens, simply because we don't know yet. But it provides reliable data for those who want to explore the issue. This data was not available beforehand. Destin (who is a rocket scientist) has given the data to his professors, and they say they want to find out what is going on... it is clearly a challenge for these guys now.That's fantastic!
Dan has used the video intensively to study various effects. I find it quite fascinating.
Science works that way. I can only contribute to the solution, not provide it.
One of my other fields of interest is the history of contagious diseases. When the first microscopes came out, scientists had been able to see the bacteria and viruses for the first time. Fascinating. but it was useless at first, as seeing what was going on did not mean that a cure was immediately available. But it enabled other scientists to come up with vaccination and effective treatments.Microbiology ultimately found cures for some of the worst killers in the history of mankind.
My little video won't save lives of course, but I believe that it will ultimately lead to better slingshots.Science works that way.
Having said that, witch doctors are still in business today, trying to cure cancer with goat poop and stuff! I guess that likewise, some guys will always insist that office rubber bands is all you ever need to make a good slingshot. Which is fine, if you don't care for progress.