The Modern Daedalus

The Modern Daedalus

Postgraduate colloquium, University College London, October 2015

Charles le Brun’s Dédale et Icare (1645)

Daedalus was the master craftsman of Greek mythology, building Ariadne’s dancing ground, the labyrinth in which King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur (son of his wife’s affair with a bull) and, most famously, the wings with which he and his son, Icarus, escaped the cell King Minos had imprisoned them in.  In this talk, we focus on flight and, in the context of the stupendous advances that have been made in the century since the Wright brothers’ first powered heavier-than-air flight, we ask ourselves where the next advances can be made and what the modern Daedalus might be working on.