10:17pm July 18, 2014
Archimedes: Science Stud of Ancient Yore
One of the studliest of minds to ever have lived was undoubtedly Archimedes of Syracuse.
- He made the original heat ray. Archimedes may have burned a fleet of invading Roman ships by reflecting light with mirrors. A^2+B^2= HELL
- The Antikythera Mechanism was made by him. This ancient computer was more advanced than anything for another millennium afterword. It could predict the places of celestial bodies depending on the date you entered into the mechanism. It also accounted for changing orbital speeds, predating Kepler’s Laws by 1500 years.
- He calculated the value of Pi (π).
- He made a semi-robotic weapon called the Claw of Archimedes. With it Archimedes would essentially pick entire war ships up out of the bay next to the city walls and either drop or throw them.
- He discovered how to calculate the volume of something by measuring the water it displaces. This resulted in him screaming “Eureka!” (I’ve found it!) while he ran through the streets naked. Who would challenge a man who can shoot heat rays and create crazy ship-throwing mechanical arm?