Archimedes Death Ray

300px-Archimedes_Heat_Ray_conceptual_diagram.svg“The 2nd century AD author Lucian wrote that during the Siege of Syracuse (c.214–212 BC), Archimedes destroyed enemy ships with fire. Centuries later,Anthemius of Tralles mentions burning-glasses as Archimedes’ weapon.[30] The device, sometimes called the “Archimedes heat ray”, was used to focus sunlight onto approaching ships, causing them to catch fire.” From Wikipedia

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