From the wonderful blog Letters of Note: in 1957, schoolboy Denis Cox generously shared his rocket blueprints with “A Top Scientist” at Australia’s Woomera Weapons Research Establishment.
The important stuff (Rolls Royce jet engines, “Air Torpeados”) is all there, although Denis explicitly gave the Top Scientists his permission to “put in other details” themselves, no doubt due to the lack of space for more detailed blueprints on his lined notebook paper (“I have discovered a truly marvelous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain. . . “) Denis says modestly, “I thought it would be more effective than me trying to put the details in. I could have attempted some detail but I thought people at Woomera, particularly top scientists rather than just scientists, would be more aware of what the detail should be.”
It’s a bit late, but Denis is finally getting his answer:
The Defence Science Technology Organisation is now finally organising a letter from rocket scientists in response to the letter. Who knows, maybe on the strength of the rocket design, he will be offered a job. Or maybe he’ll just receive a pleasant thank you note.
After 52 years, he thinks either one would suffice.
My money’s not on the job, Denis. 🙂