In LOST, Charlie Hieronymus Pace is a member of a band called Drive Shaft. Both Charlie’s middle name and the name of his band point to Hieronymus Cardanus – the inventor of the Cardan Shaft, also known as the drive shaft.
J.J. Abrams seems obsessed with the drive shaft, because it is referenced in “S” as well in much the same way – through a name.
In “S”, we have a mysterious author of The Archer’s Tales named Archimedes de Sobreiro. The word sobreiro means cork tree. In 1665, a man named Robert Hooke was first to discover cells when looking at thin slices of cork from the sobreiro through his crude compound microscope. And what else did Robert Hooke do? Plenty, and much of it resonates with themes in “S”.
- Invented the universal joint, also called Cardan’s joint or Hooke’s joint, used in virtually every modern day drive shaft.
- Pioneered work in the scientific study of memory. Our main character S has lost his memory.
- Theorized the nature of planetary motion and gravity. Archimedes invented the first known planetarium. Eric Husch worked in a planetarium, and the climactic confrontation between Eric Husch and Moody seems to have taken place in PSU’s planetarium.
- He advanced the precision of clocks and watches with his pioneering work in horology. Time is a major subject in “S”.
- He is known for Hooke’s Law, which describes the forces and potential energy in springs. A device called the jolly balance combines Hooke’s Law with springs and Archimedes’ principle to determine specific gravity. Potentiality is a major theme in “S”.
Robert Hooke directly connects us to Archimedes and sobreiro. He also connects us to LOST and time and memory and gravity and planetariums and potential energy.
I think there is more to learn from Robert Hooke. Would love to hear your thoughts on this new avenue of exploration.
UPDATE: Proceed to the sequel with much more information about Robert Hooke.