Sunday, January 3, 2010

Simply Brillant : Ingenious Archimedes

In 214 BC, a powerful Roman force attacked the city of Syracuse, the home of the famed mathematician and inventor Archimedes. To hold off the Roman legions, he devised one ingenious weapon after another, among them a catapult which could hurl a ton of stones some six hundred feet.

His most remarkable contraption, however, was brilliant in its sheer simplicity: Using an array of mirrors, Archimedes directed and concentrated the sun's rays onto the Roman ships and set them ablaze.

PLUS“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”  said Archimedes.

to learn more about Archimedes click here to read his biography on Wikipedia.


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