- 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.
- Currently not on view
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- nineteenth century
- 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
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- Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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