Is it true that a bee can't fly (according to aerodynamics)?

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Is it true that a bee cannot fly according to aerodynamical rules? The (animation)film Bee Movie starts with this statement.

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« Reply #1 on: 22/11/2009 16:19:32 »
It was true that conventional scientific wisdom didn't explain it until recently, when scientists looked at how bees beat their wings in detail.  Here's the press release for it:

http://media.caltech.edu/press_releases/12772

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Is it true that a bee can't fly (according to aerodynamics)?
« Reply #2 on: 22/11/2009 19:40:29 »
Is it true that a bee cannot fly according to aerodynamical rules? The (animation)film Bee Movie starts with this statement.

Yes it's true. However, the bee, being unaware of that, keeps on flying. Clearly this is a demonstration of "mind over matter".

(And, if you believe that, perhaps I can interest you in a bridge I have for sale.)  [;D]

Here's another ref. to the origin of the story http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Lague 
« Last Edit: 22/11/2009 19:43:22 by Geezer »
There ain'ta no sanity clause, and there ain'ta no centrifugal force Šther.

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Is it true that a bee can't fly (according to aerodynamics)?
« Reply #3 on: 23/11/2009 00:06:04 »
"Bees, of course, fly anyway, because bees don't care what humans think is impossible."

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« Reply #4 on: 26/11/2009 13:13:25 »
Thank you all for the answers and especially the references to the literature! Great help.

Gerard Janssen