The Levitation Machine

Suprio Bhar

Suprio is an introvert, atypical Bengali. He spends most of his time in the fantasy-lands of J. R. R. Tolkien, L. E. Modesitt Jr. and Brandon Sanderson. He is a great fan of graphic novels, especially those from Japan and Korea. In his spare time (read “when he comes down to reality”), he tinkers with GNU/Linux OS. His alter-ego plays the role of a researcher in Mathematics.

“This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.” – Suprio


An accident

“What just happened?” Arjun stared at the assorted parts strewn across the table. A faint ringing, no – it was more of a whining noise – died. Silence filled the laboratory as he stood perplexed.

Dear reader, as Arjun is standing perplexed, let us go back in time by a few minutes. It all started when Arjun assembled an apparatus to experimentally verify certain electronic phenomena. He placed it on top of a table and switched on the power. Suddenly, the apparatus shook and started to emit a humming noise. A feeling of coolness accompanied it. It then levitated at a minute pace. As Arjun watched, there was as an inch, no – two inches of air between the apparatus and the table. Then it tilted as the attached electrical power cord stretched to its full length from the power outlet. The whine rose in pitch, but started to die off as the plug disconnected from the socket. The apparatus seemed to hover for a moment but finally crashed onto the table.

Now that we understand what happened to make Arjun amazed, we can go to see what he did afterwards.

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