Dictionary of Thomas Townsend Brown

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Dictionary of Thomas Townsend Brown

Postby htmagic » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:51 pm


We would like to thank Nate Cull for starting this wonderful idea. He posted a dictionary of terms used by Thomas Townsend Brown (TTB) or describing certain operations and involvements. Newcomers can appreciate this as TTB's work is often difficult to follow. Some terms are obscure. This dictionary may help give you a clearer understanding of what Dr. Brown was involved in.

This dictionary can be added to as more terms are added.
We trust that this may be of help as you journey deep down the "rabbit hole" (newcomers, think Alice in Wonderland).

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Re: Dictionary of Thomas Townsend Brown

Postby htmagic » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:01 pm

(Redirected from WIRED on "The AntiGravity Underground")
Added bold text, my edit.

natecull wrote:This is where I keep getting my head fried trying to make any sense of Townsend Brown's career. There seems to be no single point of continuity between any of these approaches and some of them flat-out contradict each other. Which is the mark of either a failure, or someone who isn't interested in the specifics of his inventions, or is deliberately laying chaff (the latter I find somewhat hard to believe).

Gravitors: the classic 'Biefeld-Brown effect' and Townsend's first love. Was working on these from 1928-1958 after which they appear to vanish from the radar. Effect seems to require unconventional physics (some kind of ether theory) but no agreement on what kind of physics required or even on what exactly the effect is. Something to do with asymmetric capacitors and transient voltages. Works in a vacuum. Pitched as a ship propulsion concept. Very few known replications if any. Requires physics that links gravity and electromagnetism, suggests possibly ether, but may not necessarily need to contradict Einstein.

Flame jet: retrofit for a jet plane, needs conventional fuel, gets you millions of volts giving what, stealth bonus? Weight bonus? Urban legend persists that the B-2 uses this, but evidence seems slim.

Ionocraft-type MHD: Publicised by de Seversky in the 1960s (who may or may not be linkable to Brown). Popularised in association with Brown's name in the 2000s. Seems that could pair with a flame jet very well, is grounded in conventional ion-wind physics, seems perfectly doable: and yet is the one which doesn't seem to have been pursued. Doesn't fly in a vacuum. Variants might fly in liquid dielectric, which seawater very definitely is not, though presumably 'caterpillar drive' MHD concepts work on a related principle.

Adamski saucer analyses: hard to tell if there's any scientific reality here, yet Brown seemed to put high credence in Adamski's tale. Big on 'ion vortexes'. Seemed to think there was something about a 'central pillar' being a storage device. No conventional chemical/atomic fuel source. First-hand reports and Brown's NICAP involvement suggest he was a UFO believer and held to the ET hypothesis.

Tri-arcuate discs: seem to be a cross between gravitors, ionocraft and Adamski reverse engineering. Conflicting accounts as to whether / how well the discs flew in a vacuum, whether it was all an elaborate distraction to play down the concept, whether the 'real' development was in submarine propulsion. Seem to require high-K ceramic dieelectrics (barium titanate) and possibly millions of volts, so maybe paired with flame jet. Use ion vortexes like Adamski saucer. Might or might not use the Biefeld-Brown effect. Might or might not use ion wind. Might or might not create a local gravity field. Mikado and Andrew presumably have built some, or something similar?

Gravitational communications: pitched as a potential concept spinoff of the gravitor work. Logical extrapolation of any form of gravity control, possibly achievable much earlier using smaller effects. Might or might not have ever been built. Attributes: secrecy, instantaneous communication. Twigsnapper suggested it was deployed as the basis of a 1950s-60s US nuclear-response system. Might or might not also be used as the basis of Caroline Group communications. Suggestion it or similar principles might cross over into communication with 'non-human' or 'off-world' intelligences, which might or might not be linked with 'afterlife communications'. Might or might not be linked with the otherwise stock standard shortwave radio set Brown was always seen with. Achievement of this would suggest that gravity control had been achieved at least on a small scale yet Brown was still playing with pure science rather than technological development late in life, suggesting his functioning achievements in this area were slight.

Gravitational isotopes: Suggestion that various materials may have anomalously heavy or light 'gravitational isotopes' as distinct from normal atomic-weight isotopes. Multiple materials and multiple means of 'excitation' or gravitational charging suggested including triboexcitation, photo-excitation via sunlight. Patents filed for methods of beneficiation of such materials yet in 1973 Brown writes in his notes that a basic experiment needed to even confirm the fundamental theory had not yet been done. Requires that gravity not be linked to inertia, which not only contradicts Einstein, but just about every other alternative unified field theory except the very exotic (and not rigorously defined) ones.

Triboexcitation of sand: supposedly demonstrated, though not under laboratory conditions, and replications are scarce. Gets you temporarily lighter or 'gravitationally susceptible' materials, maybe stores a small electric charge. Doesn't seem very practical for much of anything unless you can scale it up. Brown seemed to believe in Atlantis theories and that ancient Egypt used this effect to build the pyramids, which may require believing non-standard history. Links to gravitational isotopes. Similarities to some predictions from Kozyrev's theory of 'time flow' which is decidedly non-mainstream, and does not involve a theory of gravitational isotopes.

'The fan': ionic air conditioner worked on in the 1960s with Linda, later spinoff commercialised as the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze. No moving parts. His 'ashtray product'. Seems like it would be based on perfectly mainstream, well-understood ion wind / MHD physics, with absolutely no modification of relativity required. Considered a cute but second-rate kind of device currently. However anecdotally, Edward Teller said he couldn't figure how it worked, and Sharper Image have had major problems with it producing toxic ozone, suggesting there may be more subtlety to the original. Twigsnapper suggests an early model was used as air conditioner in WW2 for Winston Churchill's plane. That would suggest a 20 year gap between military deployment and civilian technology transfer. Bill Lear was very interested in it in the 1960s, yet the technology saw no deployment in his known plane designs.

The Wikipedia article for 'Ionic Breeze' lumps it in with the broader class of air ionizers, which I'm not sure if The Fan was originally intended to be. Ionizers where hugely popular in the 1980s from many manufacturers but are now out of favour. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionic_breeze

'The loudspeaker': may be connected to the 'fan', a large movie-theatre sized loudspeaker with no moving parts said to deliver extraordinary sound quality by modulating ion wind. Seems to require no new physics either. Appeared to have been developed in the 1960s in strangely high commercial secrecy according to Linda's memories.

A fairly technically skilled engineer friend of mine in the music business says 'this sounds like a perfectly ordinary electrostatic loudspeaker'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_loudspeaker If so, this is not very interesting as Brown was definitely not the first to invent the concept, and while this concept of device has good sound quality it has a lot of drawbacks that prevent it from seeing wide use. If this can be proven it suggests that Brown while being a good engineer did not in fact have any particular advanced insight and was merely pursuing known designs.

Electrostatic cooling: an electrostatic technology involving ion wind and/or new physics which surfaced in 1973 and is claimed in both mainstream and non-mainstream publications to have many deployed conventional weapons applications in lasers, fuel-air explosives, and military welding. No suggestion of violations of relativity or gravity control, however still considered 'deep black'. Linked to the PROMIS/INSLAW 'Octopus' drug/arms-smuggling investigation which appears credible and ongoing. Brown's name has been linked to this technology by some sources but no suggestion he was personally involved. If a link to Brown can be proven this suggests both that he was indeed in advance of the state of the art, and that his work was both known to and remains classified by the US military, but also that they may have had difficulty further developing the technology.

Sidereal radiation: a form of radiation (possibly electromagnetic, possibly gravitic) claimed to be detected by Brown and a defining passion throughout his life, alongside the gravitor. Possibly associated with neutrinos, possibly not. Unknown what state replication is at and whether it implies relativistic or non-relativistic physics. Suggestions it confirms ether theories but no precise mechanism given for this. No known successful attempt made to 'scale it up' and never achieved mainstream scientific credibility.

Petrovoltaics: linked to gravitational isotopes and possibly sidereal radiation. Suggestion that gravity can cause some rocks to heat anomalously and/or generate electrical currents. Possibly a form of 'free energy'. Replications scarce if any.

Operation Argus: Brown was present at this, how and why given his other associations? Involved high-altitude ionospheric studies, precursor to HAARP (though HAARP uses far lower energies). Suggests *extremely* high-level involvement in the US atomic physics establishment despite his otherwise very low profile.

Project DUMAND: Underwater neutrino observatory, unsure extent of Brown's involvement

Electroculture: Investigating effects of electricity on plant life, was this linked to petrovoltaics or a 'cover' for other research?

Moon dust fountains: Brown seems exceptionally prescient with his 1950s observation/prediction of 'day/night' lofting/rising cycles of lunar dust. This is confirmed by very recent NASA observations and is considered an ongoing scientific question. http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005 ... ntains.htm Brown considered the effect to be both photoelectric/electrostatic and gravitational. This would suggest that Apollo moon dust (as opposed to moon rocks) might demonstrate his 'gravitational isotope' effect yet no such claim has ever been made after 40 years of lunar materials study.

Radar and atomic work: the more 'mundane' aspects of Brown's career are easy to forget, for me. Presumably a lot of work with radar at NRL, *potentially* but unproven work with pre-Manhattan uranium enrichment at NRL (certainly his boss seemed to have been into it), and work with 'whatever' at Vega Aircraft in 1942.

German technology: claim that he parachuted into Germany in 1945 to recover as yet unknown technology, suggestion (any proof?) that it was linked to Foo Fighters, which appear to have some link to ball lightning and/or plasma

Personal psychic gifts
: suggestions that Brown could somehow 'see the future' and had some kind of 'cosmic revelation' in the 1920s. Neither of these claims are unique to Brown: Walter Russell and Buckminster Fuller also reported 'cosmic' experiences in the 1920s and built non-conventional theories of physics. 'Psychic' insight is a common phenomenon as ESP and remote viewing studies have shown, but can be difficult to 'scale up'. People who have psychic experiences and scientific backgrounds often are drawn to alternate physics as ESP defies the Einsteinian lightspeed barrier suggesting relativity is wrong or at best incomplete.

Hard to put all these together, for me.
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Re: Dictionary of Thomas Townsend Brown

Postby Mikado14 » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:40 pm

"Requires physics that links gravity and electromagnetism"

There is your first edit.

I wouldn't call nate's dissertation a glossary of terms as much as showing the various project's that Dr. Brown worked on.

What would qualify anyone here to give a technical definition of any terms for Dr. Brown's work?

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Biefeld-Brown Effect

Postby Chris Knight » Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:31 pm

Perhaps a good place to start would be Townsend's own work, and then expound on them.

Biefeld-Brown Effect (1977):

"The basic Biefeld-Brown effect is quite simple. It is manifested as a departure from the Coulomb Law of electrostatic attraction, in that the opposite forces are not equal. The negative electrode appears to chase the positive electrode, so that there is a net force of the system (dipole) in the negative-to-positive direction.The Biefeld-Brown Effect states that in a highly charged, two-electrode system, the positive electrode will "lead" the negative electrode in the direction of the line between the two electrodes, or, the negative electrode will appear to be more attracted to the positive electrode than vice-versa. The negative electrode appears to "chase" the positive electrode, so that there is a net force of the system (a dipole) in the negative to positive direction.

This 'pure' force is a secondary effect and therefore somewhat difficult to isolate from ambient electrostatic forces which are much stronger by nature and tend to confuse any observations and there interpretation."

Couomb's Law states (Answers): http://www.answers.com/topic/coulomb-s-law

In physics, law stating that the electrostatic force between two charged bodies is proportional to the product of the amount of charge on the bodies divided by the square of the distance between them. If the bodies are oppositely charged, one positive and one negative, they are attracted toward one another; if the bodies are similarly charged, both positive or both negative, the force between them is repulsive (see charge). Coulomb's law applies exactly only when the charged bodies are much smaller than the distance separating them and therefore can be treated approximately as point charges. When combined with principles of quantum physics, Coulomb's law helps describe the forces that bind electrons to an atomic nucleus, that bind atoms together into molecules, and that hold together solids and liquids. The law was deduced in 1785 by C. A. de Coulomb from experimental measures of the forces between charged bodies; the experiments were made using his torsion balance.

Notice that "law applies exactly only when the charged bodies are much smaller than the distance separating them and therefore can be treated approximately as point charges."

The massless, point charge is a theoretical construct used to simplify complex mathematical (theoretical) and physical systems. The Biefeld-Brown Effect is a description of the departure from this particular complex system (Coulomb's Law) due to the addition of mass into a charged system.
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