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

Continue reading at …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes#Claw_of_Archimedes

 

Is there some truth to the story?

http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html

Here’s the mini-mythbusters version (about 4 mins long)

http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/death-ray-minimyth.htm

 

Or check out the proper mythbusters episode…

PART 1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zklJyPEqKlA

PART 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emX8KGc8xPo

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