ANCIENT GREEK GADGETS AND MACHINES by Robert S. Brumbaugh

ANCIENT GREEK GADGETS AND MACHINES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Professor Brumbaugh of Yale, author of the Philosophers of Greece (p. 980, 1964) approaches the inventors of Greece with the same contagious enthusiasm that invested his earlier book. ""The mechanisms...belong in our reconstruction of the world of the Greek philosophers, artists, businessmen and politicians. They have played a part in the discovery of some great ideas which we have inherited directly: ideas about the self, the universe...honesty and entertainment."" Self-moving automata, astronomical models, lottery machines and secret ballots, toys for adults all have something to say about the Greek experience. Daedalus' wings may have been legendary, but Anaximander's cosmic model, Archimedes' machines used to defend Syracuse, Heron of Alexandria's devices were very real indeed. So were sausage grills, the classical potty chair and automated puppet theatres. Informative fun for gadgeteers from junior high up.

Publisher: Crowell