Aeolopiles

Aeolopiles

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Hero of Alexandria was a Greek mathematician, engineer, and scientist in the first century AD. He developed a whole bunch of nifty inventions, including the first vending machine, the syringe, the force pump, and a windmill-operated organ. He also built the aeolipile, a device which consisted of a small tank of water with directed nozzles. This was essentially the first jet engine, as this video demonstrates:

As soon as I get a functional kiln installed out in the shop I’m making one of these things.


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