Hero of Alexandria: Greek mathematician and engineer

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2009-11-01
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Hollander, David
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Hero invented, improved, or at least preserved the designs for a variety of devices, including a surveying instrument, a catapult, a coin-operated water dispenser, and automata. His most famous invention was the aeolipile, a forerunner of the steam engine.

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This book chapter is published as Hollander, D.B. Hero of Alexandria: Greek mathematician and engineer, in Great Lives from History: Inventors & Inventions. November 2009, 2; 514-516. Posted with permission.

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