And now for something a bit different from what I have published here in the past:  After a hiatus of 1.3 years caused by a combination of some contretemps with my former web-host after they had changed management, plus a severe shortage of time ( in turn caused by the great speed-up which corporations all over the country, full of the hubris fed by the Little Depression, are inflicting on their employees) … after a hiatus of 1.3 years, I was saying, I finally brought back up the website I built to publish my late father’s invention, dam-atoll, a dome-shaped device that captures energy from ocean waves and converts it into electricity.

Three core sections lie at the heart of the website:  1) a discussion in layperson’s terms of how dam-atoll works, 2) a video showing a 1-to-100 scale model of the invention at work (this section still in progress), and 3) SCATTERING AND ABSORPTION OF SURFACE WAVES BY ARTHUR’S ISLAND, a mathematical paper my father wrote determining the shape of the dome that is optimal for capturing the maximum possible amount of ocean-wave energy (getting this paper online, with all of its math, is also a work in progress).

Even though so far, only a 1-t0-100 scale model of the device has been build, dam-atoll has found its way into a number of College and even High School courses because of the mathematical-cum-engineering elegance, simplicity and beauty of its solution to the wave-energy problem.


About Cliff Wirt

I am a banking DBA with various and sundry interests, including art, poetry, philosophy, music, languages, relational algebra, database administration, and blueberries. Don't forget the blueberries. Some of these interests tie in in surprising though usually tangential ways with database theory. Even the blueberries. I have published one article in a Philosophy Journal, and I have one painting in a corporate collection (housed in what used to be the Amoco building in Chicago). According to 12andMe, my paternal haplogroup is I2, my maternal H5. The Neanderthal percentage of my ancestry is 3%. My most famous ancestor is William Wirt (from whom I get my last name, though possibly not my Y chromosome), who defended the rights of the Cherokees before the Supreme Court, and ran for President in 1832, carrying one state. My homepage is at My FaceBook page is at My LinkedIn page is at View all posts by Cliff Wirt

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