- This article deals with the fictional inventor Daedalus. For other uses of the name, see Daedalus (disambiguation).
Daedalus's imaginary inventions are solidly grounded in science — usually just within the bounds of technical plausibility, and often prophetic.
For example, he once designed a locomotive fueled by fine grass shavings, to be gathered en route by a lawnmower installed in place of the usual cowcatcher. According to Daedalus's computations, the natural growth of grass planted between the rails would produce enough shavings to propel a fully laden train every hour.
In the columns, Daedalus' inventions are often developed by the fictional company Daedalus Research Evaluation and Development Corporation (DREADCO).
- The Inventions of Daedalus: A Compendium of Plausible Schemes, by David E. H. Jones. W. H. Freeman (1982); ISBN 0-7167-1412-4
- The Further Inventions of Daedalus, by David E.H. Jones. Oxford University Press (1999); ISBN 0-19-850469-1.
- "Ariadne". New Scientist 63: 368. 8 August 1974. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
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