Wernher Von Dilbert

Intro to Von Braun

The story of how the great American rocket engineer Dr. Wernher von Braun, shall we say, ‘gained the experience’ to propel the USA to the forefront of the space race in the 1960’s, has to be just about one of the funniest stories I have ever heard.

Photo Credit: NASA

What’s so funny?

Von Braun was the engineer behind Germany’s V-2 rockets, a remarkable technical achievement, which bombed Allied cities thousands of times throughout the war. According to my source, which is Wikipedia, “the rockets travelled at supersonic speed, impacted without audible warning, and proved unstoppable, as no effective defense existed.” Von Braun pioneered these rockets, as the German Army approached him about them, after his graduate studies had attracted their attention. Also, he was a legendary industrial leader, as he had 400 people working for him at age 25, and 5,000 by age 30.

What’s the upshot?

Now I don’t know about you (namely because you’re anonymous), but I can’t think of anything funnier. It’s a classic Dilbert situation. You have a supervisor, who you don’t think too highly of, to say the least. He’s busy, with a million other things. You want to play with something you have personal interest in, and when the supervisor asks you if you can do it at scale to have an impact on the objectives you say, “Oh yea, yeah totally man. Actually, can we hire more people for that?” Meanwhile, you know damn well he’ll never follow up.

A Note on Morality (which I support)

One shouldn’t assume, that von Braun was acting morally, to subversively contribute to a net good. Dr. Michael J. Neufield is a biographer of his, having written Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War, and according to him: (i) Though von Braun wasn’t too enthused to join the SS, he was still a proud German and loyal member of the Third Reich. (ii) Though his factory used slave labor from Concentration Camps, he claimed to have never stepped foot in one himself, which the biographer strongly disputes. (iii) Overall, it can be said he that did not intend for his rockets to cause harm or munition. One of his most famous quotes, about the V-2 rocket was, “The rocket worked perfectly, except for landing on the wrong planet.”



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Isaac Pulatov

Isaac Pulatov

This is the canvas onto which I organize my thoughts. ‘A Treatise on Failures’ & ‘Wernher Von Dilbert’ are complete essays. Everything else is in progress.