Tuesday, April 8, 2008
NYT: The Ancient Mechanics and How They Thought
Can you imagine how ancient Greek think about mechanics? "Mechanical Problems" did exist as far as third century B.C. As you know, simple mechanics such as the wheel, the lever, and axle, the balance, the pulley, the wedge and the screw. Don't be surprised that old textures were found containing the notes of theories and principles of mechanics even though they were not so sophisticated as ours. It's terrific to learn how they actually visualized and how they have attempted to come up with ideas. They have developed algebra and geometry over different periods of time.
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The Ancient Mechanics and How They Thought