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By Cesare Rossi

This ebook describes the innovations and designs of historic engineers who're the precursors of the current. The interval levels as a rule from three hundred B.C. to 1600 A.D. with numerous exceptions. a few of the oldest innovations are documented through archaeological unearths, frequently little or no identified, quite often from Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae and display a shocking modernity of their conception.

Most of the innovations provided within the first 4 elements of this publication have been conceived as much as the overdue Roman Empire and will be regarded as milestones, every one of their respective box. The 5th half concentrates on newer centuries. The 6th half bargains with a few development building techniques.

Generally, for every of the awarded innovations, 3 components of analysis and reference are supplied: written records (the classics), iconic references (coins, bas-reliefs, etc.) and archaeological findings.

The authors didn't write this publication for engineers merely; therefore they describe all of the units with no assuming vast technical wisdom. The authors’ major goal is to aim to speak their enthusiasm for the innovations and the inventors of the prior and to give a contribution to the interesting research of the background of Engineering.

This moment variation contains new subject matters and chapters which are of specific curiosity to engineers.

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When the chorobate rested perfectly level, the water touched the borders of the grooves; when it was not level, it would leak out of one side. They would then place pads under the corresponding extremity until the water once again met the entire borders. At that point, looking directly through along the surface of the water, with the instrument placed at a significant distance from the site, and perhaps also using a surveyor’s pole, they could obtain a horizontal reference. In Fig. 4 a virtual reconstruction of Heron’s level, using communicating pipes and optical sights is reported with the table XXXIX from Giovanni Branca “Macchine”, Rome 1629, showing a similar device.

The cursors were actually two metal ties, each with a line of sight, that slid along the exterior of the glass tubes. Once the liquid was stabilised, these cursors were made to align with the liquid. The regulus containing the tube is described as being 12 fingers long, approximately 25 cm, a measure perfectly suited to its purpose. The most interesting and least known accessory is the pair of levelling rods that completed the dioptre. However, since it was not possible to read the rod from a distance without a telescope, a solution was found to allow for direct reading.

The method is clearly illustrated in Fig. 11. Chapter 4 Measuring Time Abstract In this chapter the ancient device to measure time such as sundials and water clock are presented. In particular, a virtual and a functional reconstruction of the water clock by Ctesibius is shown. The latter had a very interesting particularity: it could automatically adjust, in each of the days of the year, the length of the hour. In fact, except at the equinoxes, the length of the single hour for the Greeks and Romans was different from a day to the other and from the day to the night.

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