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CTDL 127: Ancient physics/mechanics

Found this fascinating piece on how the ancients thought about mechanics, and how the science of physics developed over time.

There are a surprising number of old, and extremely old, scientific texts that have survived the ravages of time in one form or another. The Archimedes Web site lists far more than 100, including Euclid’s geometry, Hero of Alexandria’s Roman-era technical manual on crossbows and catapults, medieval treatises on algebra and mechanics by Jordanus de Nemore and Galileo’s 17th-century defense of a heliocentric solar system.

[From How the Ancients thought about Mechanics « Da Vinci Automata]


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