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Aeolipile

Aeolipile

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Description
The aeolipile, as described by Hero of Alexandria in the first century C.E., is a simple engine that spins when the water it contains is heated. In time, it would be seen as a precursor of the steam engine. This unmarked example came from the University of Santa Clara in California, and was probably used in physics demonstrations.
Ref: Hamilton L. Smith, Natural Philosophy for the Use of Schools and Academies (New York, 1852), p. 157.
C. Martin, “The aeolipile as experimental model in early modern natural Philosophy,” Perspectives on Science 24 (2016): 264-284.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Aeolipile
date made
nineteenth century
Measurements
overall: 20 cm x 15 cm x 11 cm; 7 7/8 in x 5 29/32 in x 4 11/32 in
overall: 8 in x 6 in x 4 5/8 in; 20.32 cm x 15.24 cm x 11.7475 cm
ID Number
PH.325973
catalog number
325973
accession number
256489
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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