Hero of Alexandria

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Noun1.Hero of Alexandria - Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)Hero of Alexandria - Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
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Heron of Alexandria, who lived in Roman Egypt during the first century, described the 'aeolipile,' a simple steam turbine that spins when the central water container is heated.
Part One opens with a well focused essay by Richard Beacham on Heron of Alexandria's Toy Theatre automaton using extremely convincing computer visualization as his research methodology.
in Persia--a creation of Heron of Alexandria. That particular device simply harnessed the wind to power a machine, so a case could be made that the first real windmills were built a little bit later, in the 7th century in Sistan, modern day Iran.