Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Great Inventor Series: VW Jetta Clean Diesel Wins 2009 Green Car of the Year

Somewhere, Rudolph Diesel is smiling. Though best known for his invention of the pressure-ignited heat engine that bears his name, he was also a well-respected thermal engineer and a social theorist. Rudolf Diesel's inventions have three points in common:

  1. They relate to heat transference by natural physical processes or laws
  2. They involve markedly creative mechanical design
  3. They were initially motivated by the inventor's concept of sociological needs.
Rudolf Diesel originally conceived the diesel engine to enable independent craftsmen and artisans to compete with large industry. And he ran it on peanut oil.

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