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Daedalus


The MIT group named their human-powered aircraft, Daedalus.
  Greek mythology:  clever Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos and who fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus
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The name, Daedalus, is pervasive in out literary and scientific culture. It appears in works of literature from authors as diverse as James Joyce and J.K. Rowling. It is also the name of the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, published by MIT Press.

Everyone thinks of a clever inventor when they think of Daedalus. Many also think of the dangers of unintended consequences of the inventions. For example, Daedalus’ son, Icarus, plummeted to his death when he was too impetuous with his father’s cleverly crafted wings. Similarly, Daedalus’ labyrinth created problems.
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  • The MIT group named their human-powered aircraft, Daedalus.
  • Miss Clarts got tears in her eyes when she told us the story of Icarus, how his wings had melted when he flew too close to the sun, and how he had dropped like a stone past his father, Daedalus, into the sea.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • The builder, Daedalus, was a genius.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I remembered Daedalus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • There are more amazing ideas here than in Daedalus’s workshop.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • She closed her laptop, which had been given to her as a gift from the inventor Daedalus last summer.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I am not the king’s physician, and his majesty has not given me the Garden of Daedalus in which to observe the constellations.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • One could no more find one’s bearings in the sewer than one could understand one’s position in the city; above the unintelligible, below the inextricable; beneath the confusion of tongues there reigned the confusion of caverns; Daedalus backed up Babel.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was his father, Daedalus, who crafted the wings, who knew how to get off Crete and safely reach the mainland, and who in fact flew to safety.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • True it is that I said to him, speaking in jest, I knew how to raise myself through the air in flight, and he, who had vain desire and little wit, wished that I should show him the art, and only because I did not make him Daedalus, made me be burned by one[3] that held him as a son; but to the last pit of the ten, for the alchemy that I practiced in the world, Minos, to whom it is not allowed to err, condemned me.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno

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  • So deceptive was the invention, that Daedalus himself, when he had finished it, was scarcely able to find his way back to the entrance.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • She’d brought Daedalus’s laptop with her, of course.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • She hated losing Daedalus’s laptop, with all its fantastic programs and data, but she had worse problems.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • When Daedalus, to fly the Cretan shore, His heavy limbs on jointed pinions bore, (The first who sail’d in air,) ’t is sung by Fame, To the Cumaean coast at length he came, And here alighting, built this costly frame.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Nor should it be forgotten that long before Daedalus appeared in Attica and with his wooden statues so transformed sculpture as to make possible the schools of Corinth and AEgina, and their ultimate triumphs the Poecile and Capitolium—long before the age of Daedalus, I say, two Israelites, Bezaleel and Aholiab, the master-builders of the first tabernacle, said to have been skilled ’in all manner of workmanship,’ wrought the cherubim of the mercy-seat above the ark.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Later, the same empousa had attacked them in Daedalus’s workshop.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • It was a navigation instrument of some kind, invented by Daedalus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Daedalus had so many ideas, I could spend fifty years just trying to figure them all out.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • But, oh no, a simple maze wasn’t good enough for a brilliant inventor like Daedalus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I researched everything I could find about Daedalus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • "The mark of Daedalus," she said, as if that was supposed to make sense.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • And so Daedalus again was summoned, this time by the king, to construct a tremendous labyrinthine enclosure, with blind passages, in which to hide the thing away.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Since Daedalus died .
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Daedalus simply presented her with a skein of linen thread, which the visiting hero might fix to the entrance and unwind as he went into the maze.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • You helped the Athenian kill my Minotaur, Daedalus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • He’s searching for Daedalus’s workshop? I remembered my dream the night before-the bloody old man in tattered robes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Annabeth, you said ’convince Daedalus’?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • If Daedalus is alive, we convince him to help us, not Luke.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • We have to get to Daedalus’s workshop first.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I know Daedalus’s Labyrinth better than anybody.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Someone must enter the Labyrinth, find the workshop of Daedalus, and prevent Luke from using the maze to invade this camp.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I will lead the quest to find Daedalus’s workshop.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Daedalus’s Labyrinth is so huge.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I am not sure, but I fear they seek to make a deal with Daedalus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I have worried for some time that Kronos may be looking for Daedalus for a different reason, not just passage through the maze.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Daedalus was the world’s greatest inventor.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Automatons, thinking machines . What if Kronos wishes Daedalus to make him a new form?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • We’ve got to get to Daedalus first.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Daedalus’s workshop would be in the oldest part.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I know you seek Daedalus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Daedalus was a great inventor, a mortal after Hephaestus’s heart.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • If anyone would have kept up with Daedalus and could tell you his fate, it is Hephaestus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Grover touched a tiny scratch, and it became a Greek A. The mark of Daedalus glowed blue, and the stone wall grinded open.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • There are rumors well, there are many disturbing rumors about Daedalus, but one is that he disappeared back into the Labyrinth toward the end of his life.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Ariadne turned for help, then, to the crafty Daedalus, by whose art the labyrinth had been constructed and Ariadne’s mother enabled to give birth to its inhabitant.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Isn’t Daedalus dead?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • And she had prevailed upon her husband’s artist-craftsman, the peerless Daedalus, to frame for her a wooden cow that would deceive the bull—into which she eagerly entered; and the bull was deceived.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • If Luke managed to find the workshop and convince Daedalus to help him, Luke wouldn’t have to fumble around searching for paths, or risk losing his army in the maze’s traps.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • After two years, a typical laptop would have been out of date, but Annabeth figured Daedalus’s machine was still about fifty years ahead of its time.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • She sat on her bunk, using one of Daedalus’s 3-D-rendering programs to study a model of the Parthenon in Athens.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Daedalus [9] , centaur [2] , Hercules [3] , Medusa [4] , Pandora [4] , Cyclops [5] , Oedipus [5] , Titans [5] , Cassandra [6] , Midas [6] , Nemesis [6] , Pegasus [6] , Adonis [7] , Agamemnon [7] , Hera [7] , Hydra [7] , Minotaur [7] , Sisyphus [7] , Orpheus [8] , Cerberus [9] , Pan [9]
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