Aeolipile by Hero of Alexandria

The ancient invention of the steam engine by the Hero of Alexandria

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It is clear that Heron was a genius with knowledge that was incredibly advanced for the time. Unfortunately, most of his original writings have been lost, with just a few surviving in Arabic Manuscripts. Who knows how many more incredible inventions were documented by Heron more than 2,000 years ago.

By John Black

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