Beside the path leading from the library to the academic quad at Tufts University is what appears to be a misplaced gravestone, pictured here.
As an undergraduate physics student at Tufts, needless to say, I found this monolith intriguing. Who was Roger W. Babson? What was the mysteriously austere Gravity Research Foundation? And above all, what blessings would come forth upon the discovery of a gravity semi-insulator – and what does that even mean?
From 1910 to 1923, Babson wrote regular columns about business matters for both the Saturday Evening Post and the New York Times. In January 1929, he even graced the pages of Popular Science with an explanation of how to become a millionaire.
He was frequently used as a source in other Popular Science articles, always introduced as "the eminent statistician" or some similar accolade.
He founded the Babson Institute in 1919, a unique business school for aspiring CEOs that later became Babson College. He also founded Webber College, a Florida business school for women, and Utopia College in Kansas (now closed).
Babson was the first financial forecaster to predict the 1929 stock market crash and subsequent economic depression.. He did so using an economic assessment technique called the Babsonchart, which he largely based on Newton's Third Law – every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
Babson liked setting words into stone. During the depression, he created a public works project in the spirit of the New Deal, in which he hired stone cutters to engrave inspiring messages into boulders in a park in Gloucester, Mass. Stones advocating traits such as "KINDNESS" and instructing viewers to "HELP MOTHER" can still be seen there today.
In 1940, Babson ran for President of the United States and came in fourth. He was a lifelong friend of Thomas Edison's. Oh, and he also wrote 47 books.
His Crackpot Side
Despite his status as an extraordinarily successful businessman and Mr. American everyman, Babson was also—there's no other word for it—a crackpot. Throughout his life, he had major beef with, of all things, the force of gravity. In a 1948 essay entitled "Gravity – Our Enemy Number One," he explained that the grudge traced back to his childhood, when his sister drowned in a swimming accident. "Yes, they say she was "drowned", but the fact is that ... she was unable to fight Gravity which came up and seized her like a dragon and brought her to the bottom. There she smothered and died from lack of oxygen."
Later in the essay, he writes:
Gradually I found that "old man Gravity" is not only directly responsible for millions of deaths each year, but also for millions of accidents ... Broken hips and other broken bones as well as numerous circulatory, intestinal and other internal troubles are directly due to the people's inability to counteract Gravity at a critical moment.
The tragic death of his grandson, also by drowning, in 1947, seemed to send Babson past the point of reason. He became veritably obsessed with the atrocities committed by the weakest fundamental force. Unlike your average eccentric, though, he wasn't content to wallow ineffectually. Babson was an entrepreneur. He was a CEO. He didn't like gravity, so he decided to do everything in his power to get rid of it.
He bought Invention Incorporated, a Washington, D.C.-based company, in order to have three investigators in the U.S. Patent Office at all times scanning through incoming patent proposals. "The investigators were constantly on the watch for any machine, alloy, chemical or formula which directly relates to the harnessing of gravity," Babson wrote in the second edition of his autobiography, Actions and Reactions. He explained that a gravity harness would most likely take the form of a metal alloy which would act as a "partial insulator." The eventual discovery of that alloy, he wrote, would be "a great blessing to mankind."
The year of that writing, Babson established the Gravity Research Foundation (GRF). It operated out of New Boston, N.H., 60 miles north of Boston, Mass., – "a safe distance ... in case [Boston] should be bombed in World War III," Babson wrote. The GRF was intended as a sort of clearinghouse, which would collect and disseminate gravity-related information as well as fund promising research projects. In short, its goal was to expedite the discovery of a gravity shield.
In the 1960s, the GRF gave grants—and monoliths—to 13 colleges and universities. Some, like Tufts, received $5,000 outright, while others were given shares in the American Agricultural Chemical Company (later part of DuPont). Because the Foundation stipulated that the grants be used for "scientific purposes in the name of the Gravity Research Foundation"—namely, anti-gravity research—it took years or decades for many of the institutions to figure out how to spend them. Many of them ended up using the grants after Babson's death for endeavors that would not have satisfied the initial requirements.
He died in 1967. Needless to say, he did not have the satisfaction of witnessing the blessings forthcoming with the discovery of a gravity semi-insulator.
Enemies No More
The GRF no longer hopes to help rid the world of gravity. After Babson's death, under the direction of his friend and business associate George Rideout, it transformed into a respectable though far humbler institution. Today, its only remaining function is to hold an annual essay contest, now in its sixty-second year. Not surprisingly, in the early years, contestants were asked to propound their ideas for gravity shields; since 1971, they have been free to write about gravity itself. Among physicists, the contest is now extremely highly regarded.
"It is nearly universally known among people working in gravitational theory," said Steve Carlip, a physicist at UC Davis who won the essay contest in 2007. Though the first place prize carries with it a mere $4,000, the contest has a large impact, Carlip said, because "it encourages people working in the field to step back a little and give a broader overview of their research." Other past winners include Nobel Laureates Stephen Hawking and George Smoot, as well as Bryce DeWitt and many other famous physicists from around the world.
George Rideout, Jr., who took over from his father as GRF President in 1988, said the Foundation's current goal is to stimulate gravity-related thought and discussion. "Many of our contestants comment that they would never have taken the time to put their thoughts down in writing were it not for the GRF Awards for Essays on Gravitation," Rideout said. "This is what we like to hear." Abstracts of the winning essays can be found at the GRF website. The 2011 contest is now open for entries, with an April 1 deadline.
At Tufts, the GRF grant also eventually came to good use. It paid for the establishment of the Tufts Institute of Cosmology in 1989 – today, a prestigious research institution. Cosmologist Alexander Valenkin, director of the institute, wrote about its connection to Roger Babson in his book, Many Worlds in One: "Nobody really expected that Tufts cosmologists would work on antigravity, but strangely enough—they do. Much of the research at the institute is focused on false vacuum and its repulsive gravity, which certainly qualifies as antigravity. So I think Mr. Babson could not have found better use for the money."
He adds, "We have not succeeded in reducing the number of airplane accidents though."
When a graduate student earns his doctorate at the Institute of Cosmology, he undergoes a strange ceremony befitting the history of the Institute and the Foundation that paid for it. The graduate kneels down and his advisor drops an apple on his head, in hopes that it might inspire him in the manner of Isaac Newton. They do this in front of Babson's monument.
I understand the absurdity these kinds of statements would have garnered in the early 20th century, but surely in light of todays discoveries SOMETHING this man said must hold some kind of relevance...
Anti-gravity is an extremely important field of research. Obviously we all immediately go to space travel, but there are many other applications that it could help in.
I feel like if this mans' wishes were held up, and enough of the brilliant young minds at MIT were "advertised" to about this subject, they could have made some serious advances in the field by now. Seriously, in what field would a hundred years of research and development NOT serve to be fantastically positive?
I agree, he was not a crackpot obviously,and the rest of his life shows that. He was, if anything, a good scientist. Challenging current thought and pushing the limits.I personally think that it is entirely possible, just think what people thought was impossible before, and now is possible, we think we are so smart and know everything, and so did those of the past, but that didn't stop some crackpot.God bless those crackpots.
This field of anti-gravity has always intrigued me. One man did figure it out, but refused to tell anyone. He was quoted as saying "he knew how the Egyptians built the pyramids" Search for "Coral Castle" read a little about it and you will be amazed. One man build an entire castle without any modern equipment.
According to http://paranormal.about.com/od/moremadscience/a/coral-castle-secrets.htm
the guy used trucks to haul the rocks around. If so, the only "mystery" is how he loaded them onto the trucks.
Always love how some people refuse to believe that the Egyptians just used hard manual labor to build structures like the pyramids.
indeed. with enough manpower, few things are impossible.
I totally agree. I'm not saying that it was definitely man-power and ingenuity over a very long period of time, but it is extremely abrasive to me when I hear everyone say that it definitely was not. I think that when they sell our ancestors that short, they themselves are the ignorant ones. They must be incapable of envisioning themselves doing anything great, therefore figure no one else could either.
Also, it's these same people who look at this site and say that all of the new technologies are just humans reverse engineering found alien technologies. Seriously, I know a few people who say that they believe beyond a doubt that humans couldn't have possibly accomplished that on their own, but these same people are the ones that are so closed minded, and try to force everyone else into believing it as well, without being open for discussion. We all know what they say about that right? A mind is like a parachute, it has to be open to work effectively!
So basically he was looking for Nth Metal? Cool, shame he never found it. I hear they got a mess of it on Thanagar.
Edward Leedskalnin's machine at Coral Gables produced anti-gravity in the following manner. It was a motor-driven rotating frame with axial-aligned cylindrical rods holding radially-aligned magnetized steel bars with a hole in the center of each bar in order to keep the bars from flying off. Several bars were stacked together with the magnetic poles aligned. On one rod, the bars were aligned with the north pole facing radially outward and then the next set had the south pole facing out in an alternating manner. The bars were encased in cement to keep them in place, like a donut. Spinning the bars creates negative energy which is used to create wormholes between space and hyperspace. This low density hyperspace energy flows into the device. Using a sliding metal contact on the rim of the rotor, the hyperspace energy is transferred by metal cable to the limestone quarry where the limestone blocks are filled with this low density energy. The one-ton blocks then become so light weight that they can be easily lifted by a single person and floated into place. This is how the Anunnaki built the pyramids and the rocket launch pad in Baalbek, Lebanon, as well as the Sun Temple at Machu Picchu. Low density hyperspace energy can easily be curved using small magnetic fields which is the propulsion method used by alien spacecraft such as the dual hemisphere and triangle flown by the Intelligent Insect Beings from the Pleiades.
Durge like big insects.
The Big Bang Theory episode in the making.
Leedskalnin is a hack.
Based on Einstein, the only way for any form of anti-gravity to exist is to uncurve space-time and curve it the other way WITHOUT time.
“Gravity – Our Enemy Number One”. Babson wasn't thinking very hard for a MIT engineering grad. Without gravity the earth wouldn't be able to retain its oceans or atmosphere! In fact, there wouldn't be planets, stars or life anywhere in the universe, just randomly dispersed particles of matter.
Why does Anti-Gravity always bring out the Kooks?
Maybe that's why nobody wants to study it...
Cause you people with your alien bugs with negative energy...
Our education system sucks @$$
If you want to understand negative energy, you have to read Dr. Kip Thorne's paper on how to create a wormhole with negative energy which he gives to his students studying astrophysics. Then you have to study differential forms mathematics in order to understand how negative energy is produced. Then you need to study all the documentation about aliens and alien spacecraft (earthfiles.com). Finally you will see the connection between the mathematics and videos of these advanced spacecraft. This information will tell you how these spacecraft produce lift.
As for alien bugs, the Pleiadian Federation was initially comprised of 100 planets. They now have expanded to 600 planets around the galaxy. They have many species. One of their Admirals molts for example. The Blond Aliens, not their real name of course, look like us. Some of them are descended from insects (IIB) who now design their own spacecraft in the form of a triangle. For this reason they call themselves "intelligent." Some are descended from the reptiles, known as the Nagas, who gave us the fractal Julia Set crop circle. Some are not physical beings at all, such as the Pleiadian Light Beings.
In order to make contact with these aliens, you need to take the Monroe Gateway Experience course, do pendulum work and fill up 20 large thick notebooks, build the black magic mirror for projecting yourself to other parts of the world or other planets, do Tai Chi and Qi Gong breathing to increase your energy level, create magnetic vortex wormhole generators to make contact in co-dimensions, learn how the musical gateway works for communicating across the galaxy in real time and a number of other things such as learning gravitational and hyperspace physics. In this way you will become telepathic which is the main form of communication, not radio waves. You have to study about 18-20 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 20 years and purchase 1,500 science and math books together with math programs such as Mathematica, Maple and MathCAD. In essence, you have to be dedicated and tell yourself you are going to learn all this no matter what.
And then you can sit back and read the snide remarks from your fellow human beings!
@JohnStClair Seriously you do know their are websites that exist to indulge your crackpot New Age alien conspiracy theories.Oh and by the way John Lear says the alien's soul collectors on the moon will never let humans escape the Earth to expand into the universe LOL.
My purpose in this world is knowledge and the dissemination of it, and it is I who is to restore the fruits of my labors to the entire world.
I respect John Lear's work because I learned a lot about folding space waveguides from him and his friend Bob Lazar.
However, the comment about not allowing us to leave this planet is incorrect. At the moment there is a planet in the Pleiades inhabited only by humans who have been either abducted there or have been given cloned bodies. Because we are really energy beings living in body containers, our best people have been transitioned to the genetics laboratory and fitted with new cloned physical bodies. It takes about a week to learn how to walk and talk in these new bodies. The lab built a special body of high dexterity for Mozart, and he now gives concerts in the Pleiadian Federation using a special music computer system. Then we have Einstein, Feynman and Planck studying at their Physics Academy. Gordon Cooper flies the Beamship between the home planet and this earth-like planet.
Furthermore, we have a base on Mars called MEPI which stands for Mars Experimental Planetary Institute which was discovered by remote viewing the front cover of Linda Moulton Howe's book, An Alien Harvest. The Air Force has just purchased a number of alien-made anti-gravity forklift elevators to store goods in the underground warehouse.
Rather than relying on other people's opinions and hearsay, it is always better to have direct personal knowledge of what is going on around us.
So I am going to classify your comment as another snide and uninformed remark. Sorry.
@JohnStClair This is why nobody takes UFO/extraterrestial research seriously because it has become a religion. John Lear,Bob Lazar,Thomas castello everyone of these guys made claims that should be taken with a grain of salt,and trust me friend i'm open minded to alot of things all I was saying was that this isn't the appropriate website to do it on.Might I recommend (abovetopsecret.com) if you want like minded individuals.
My purpose in this world is knowledge and the dissemination of it, and it is I who is to restore the fruits of my labors to the entire world.
this article doesnt say anything but just another rich guy trying to find the key to power. May this be the reason he didnt achieve a thing,... universal justice.
@John StClair you are much more entertaining than this empty article. In a good way, so to speak, but after all those manuals you claim to know build an antigravity device or stick with the fact that we already use magnetic power in a very poor but human way (getting better).
Hey folks this is popular science, the decaf version of consumption for consumption.
If you want to talk about religion go for the Big Bang, that relies more on faith than any other theory I've ever heard of. As far as antigravity is concerned, I don't think we understand enough about the mechanism (for lack of a better term) involved to say one way or another. As for Einstein's curved space, it just about time to curve it up into a little ball and throw it back for a redo, it falls apart a little more each day.
Asa. Wow yeah Mr.Babson... an example of that fine line between genius and insanity. I was born in Eureka,Ks where Utopia college was located. It was described to me as a finishing school for rich college elite.
To hear he was friend of Edison,was disappointing,for Edison basically just scribbled concepts,and paid his employees to work out the details,make it work,then signed his name to it.
When i read Babson had three people,scanning through incoming patent proposals,at the patent office.
I thought,of Benjamin Franklin,whom had a brother working at the patent office and when he would happen by,would search through the patent applications ,left by poor inventors,in hope they would be processed for free,and gained a wealth of ideas from the minds of true innovators.
@JohnStClair How are you privy to this "detailed" information of other worlds and beings? You strive to be "special" and in the process,reveal to all,that you are just a man,with a love for the unknown,and wiring problem in your head. not particularly rare.
In some level, if you want to be successful and creatively determined,
you will have to be like crazy and mad.
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And thank you for sharing biography of great Roger Babson.