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Even Without Math, Ancients Engineered Sophisticated Machines
October 4, 2007
Move over Archimedes. A researcher at Harvard University is finding that ancient Greek craftsmen were able to engineer sophisticated machines without necessarily understanding the mathematical theory behind their construction.
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