Scientific American has a fascinating, albeit geeky, article with a story that lives up to the title – “No one can explain why planes stay up in the air.”
There are two classical theories that attempt to explain why planes stay up in the air. But, they each have their drawbacks and don’t provide complete explanations.
Even with multiple modern attempts, scientists acknowledge we don’t yet have a one line answer that does justice.
I found myself chuckling as I read the article as I was reminded of a Rory Sutherland idea from Alchemy – Just because it makes sense doesn’t mean it should work. And, just because it works doesn’t mean it makes sense. :-)
Science is fascinating.