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While the wheel was static he could only lift it by grasping the shaft with one hand at each end....a boy from the audience being asked to sit on a chair ... The wheel was caused to rotate at high speed, the boy was given the shaft to hold horizontally. The point is that the boy was able to support the weight of 18 kg by holding the shaft with one hand at the end furthest from the wheel with little difficulty
Laithwaite later agreed that his observations did not contradict Newtonian physics, but the 'scientific community' did not relent at all, and continued deriding him
(the lauded and super-intelligent inventor of the linear motor no less) NASA then hired him to develop his applications of gyoscopy for use in space thrust without rockets, however, he died before starting work for NASA.
The shameful way he was treated, and the refusal of 'science' to recogise this phenomenon was a certain contributing factor to his premature death.