The Ancient Greeks were brilliant people that helped the modern world, from creating ship anchors to the vending machine. So here are five inventions that were created in the Ancient Greece era.
1. The Thermometer
It’s said that the thermometer is dated back to the Greeks of Alexandria who discovered that air expands. That idea many years later helped Galileo convert the device into a scientific instrument that distinguished temperature. So Galileo may have went farther but Ancient Greece still deserves some credit and so does Philo of Byzantium who invented the thermoscope that also helped Galileo with his studies. (Source:mlahanas)
2. The Vending Machine
Hero of Alexandria created the vending machine. His vending machine though was a lot different than what we have now though. Hero’s vending machine was like this, a person would deposit the coin into a slot, and the coin would fall into a pan. The pan was attached to a lever, and the coin’s weight would cause the lever to open a valve and holy water would gush out. When the coin would continue to tilt the pan down and then its counterweight would snap the pan into, closing the valve. So that’s the ancient vending machine.
Here’s a photo of what it would have looked like, vending machine. (Photo source: underthepier and fact source: I09.com)
The first Greek Scholar to invent a geographical map was Anaximander and Dikaiarch also gave the concept of latitude and longitude. Maps are one of the most ancient Greek inventions used today. So next time you’re going traveling thank the Greeks for the detailed maps. (Source: mlahanas)
4. Alarm Clock
While not many people are probably happy with the alarm clock because alarm clocks tell us to get up for work or school. Though then again they make sure we’re not late, so that’s a good thing. The alarm clock was created in 200 BC by Ctesibius. The first alarm clock was made with a dial and a pointer for the time. The alarm system would drop pebbles into a gong at a pre-set time. (Source: Buzzle)
5. The Anchor
The first anchor was invented by Eupalamas and it was made out of wood. Anacharsis then invented in 592 B.C. the first metal anchor. So I think everybody can agree how important this invention is, because of course the anchor is an important part of ship even though it’s a simple thing. (Source: Buzzle)
So those are five inventions that we can thank the Ancient Greeks for creating and that still help us today.