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Title Lost Worlds: Ancient Discoveries: Robotics - Ep 3 Of 3 / Director: Clarke, Stuart
Published Australia : SBS 2, 2002
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Summary This episode explores the life of Heron of Alexandria, the most brilliant and prolific inventor in the ancient world. His 'miracle machines' included automatic doors and suspended spheres, mechanical singing birds, coin-operated slot machines and speaking statues. But above all, Heron constructed both performing robots and not only a working steam engine, but also the first jet engine. All this leads to the compelling question - why Heron chose not to develop these wonders of the age from anything but toys? (From Wales, in English)
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-11-30 at 19:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Engineering -- Experiments.
Hero, of Alexandria.
Science and civilization.
Egypt -- Alexandria.
Form Streaming video
Author Barrett, Sean, cast
Clarke, Stuart, director
McGrath, Ali, director