But to us it seems not inappropriate to speak briefly of the **Chaldaeans of Babylon** and of their antiquity, that we may omit nothing which is worthy of record. Continue reading “The Babylonian Chaldaeans’ antiquity, according to Diodorus Siculus”

# How old is the Greek language and its writing?

**Akousilaos from Argos**, a hardly known ancient Greek writer, was a very important figure for ancient Greek History (**Mythology** included); he was one of the main ‘sources’ for most of the Historians and Mythographs that followed his time. Continue reading “How old is the Greek language and its writing?”

# The Antikythera mechanism: an ancient Greek (2nd century BC) mechanical analog computer with gears

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient mechanical analog computer (as opposed to digital computer) designed to calculate astronomical positions. Continue reading “The Antikythera mechanism: an ancient Greek (2nd century BC) mechanical analog computer with gears”

# Ancient Greek mathematicians were using ‘algebric’ ways to solve practical problems, study finds

Study proved that ‘algebric’ ways to solve practical problems have been invented by ancient Greek mathematicians, at least from **Diophantus**‘ era. Continue reading “Ancient Greek mathematicians were using ‘algebric’ ways to solve practical problems, study finds”

# The genius of Archimedes; Sun-focusing mirrors and Steam cannons – The legend tested by modern Science

This post is a summary of information on two legendary inventions of **Archimedes**, the ancient Greek mathematician and engineer; the **Sun-focusing mirrors** and the **Steam cannon**, both used to defend Syracuse from the Romans. Science has tested whether or not inventions like these were possible (and, to what extent, effective) back then. Continue reading “The genius of Archimedes; Sun-focusing mirrors and Steam cannons – The legend tested by modern Science”

# Archimedes; a biography

This post is dedicated to **Archimedes**, one of the most brilliant scientific minds of all time. Our reader can find here basic information on this quite influential figure of Ancient Greek Science. Continue reading “Archimedes; a biography”

# Heron of Alexandria (c. 10–85 AD); an experimental scientist and inventor of steam turbines, wind powered machines & automatic vending machines

This post is a short tribute to **Heron of Alexandria**, one of the pioneers of **Technology** in **Hellenistic** times. Continue reading “Heron of Alexandria (c. 10–85 AD); an experimental scientist and inventor of steam turbines, wind powered machines & automatic vending machines”

# The ancients knew the Earth is round; the case of Eratosthenes and the first documented measurement of the Earth’s circumference

Eratosthenes was a Greek born in Cyrene in modern-day Libya. As a mathematician, poet, athlete, geographer, astronomer, and music theorist, his vast knowledge made him an ideal fit for the post of librarian at the Museum (Library) of Alexandria. Continue reading “The ancients knew the Earth is round; the case of Eratosthenes and the first documented measurement of the Earth’s circumference”

# The Archimedes Palimpsest; Mathematics way ahead of their time

Years of painstaking work by scientists to expose a manuscript hidden for nearly a thousand years have shed new light on the genius of Archimedes, antiquity’s greatest mathematician. Continue reading “The Archimedes Palimpsest; Mathematics way ahead of their time”