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Viktor Schauberger (30 June 1885 in Holzschlag, Upper Austria – 25 September 1958 in Linz, Austria) was an Austrian forest caretaker, naturalist, philosopher, inventor and biomimicry experimenter.
Schauberger developed his own ideas based on what he observed in nature. In Implosion magazine, a magazine released by Schauberger's family, he said that aeronautical and marine engineers had incorrectly designed the propeller. He stated:
“As best demonstrated by Nature in the case of the aerofoil maple-seed, today’s propeller is a pressure-screw and therefore a braking screw, whose purpose is to allow the heavy maple-seed to fall parachute-like slowly towards the ground and to be carried away sideways by the wind in the process. No bird has such a whirling thing on its head, nor a fish on its tail. Only man made use of this natural brake-screw for forward propulsion. As the propeller rotates, so does the resistance rise by the square of the rotational velocity. This is also a sign that this supposed propulsive device is unnaturally constructed and therefore out of place.”
Alick Bartholomew has written a book about Schauberger's unorthodox ideas.
- Coats, Callum (April–May 1996). "Who was Viktor Schauberger?". No. 11. Nexus. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
- Viktor Schauberger, Implosion Magazine, No. 112, p. 52
- Bartholomew, Alick (2004). Hidden Nature: The Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger. Edinburgh, Scotland: Floris Books. ISBN 978-0863154324.