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18

Lifting Water with Human Power

Lecture no. 18 from the course: Understanding Greek and Roman Technology

Lifting Water with Human Power

Taught by Professor Stephen Ressler | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

In antiquity, water pumps were extensively used in ships, mines, and agriculture. Investigate how these devices worked. From Archimedes’ screw, to the waterwheel, to the piston pump, each had tradeoffs between flow rate, height of lift, and muscle power required.

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