Lifting Water with Human Power
Lecture no. 18 from the course: Understanding Greek and Roman Technology
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.