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Suction pump to transistor

In the late 1500s and early 1600s the newfound use of glass for windows and continuing expansion of metallurgy was requiring ever increasing amounts of timber for fuel. As nearby forests were diminished, demands for the mining of coal and coke increased. New uses for metals of all kinds added to the need for mining. […]

0010 – Heron – bio

Heron was born around 0010 and was a Greek mathematician, engineer and inventor who lived in Alexandria, Egypt when it was a province of the Roman Empire. He designed the first known simple steam engine (the aeolipile or Hero’s engine), the first vending machine, a wind powered organ, a water displacement pump (fire engine pump), […]

1643 – barometer

Galileo knew that pumps had a problem pushing water to an elevation above thirty feet and had theorized that a vacuum might be involved. At the time, the idea of a vacuum was controversial and there was no observational evidence that it could exist. He assigned one of his students, Torricelli to work on this […]