Many consider this man to be the father of robotics. His name was Philon of Byzantium. He was also known as Philo, or Philo Mechanicus, because when it came to mechanics, he was thousands of years ahead of the game.
According to legend, nothing could get between him [Archimedes] and his work, and sometimes he would even forget to eat. Ideas would come to him at any moment, and he would scribble them on any available surface. Famously, he was in the bath when he discovered the laws of buoyancy, leading him to run naked through the streets shouting "Eureka!" … Eureka means "I have found it," and it could be argued that Archimedes found out more than anyone else before or since.
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Tragically for all of us, he [Archimedes] was cut down by a Romansoldier because he refused to stop working. … If Archimedes hadn't been killed before his time, what could have he achieved? The industrial revolution could have happened two thousand years earlier. He might have kick-started the modern age.
27 July 2014, 10:57, 10:58 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
In 48 B.C., when Julius Caesar was attacking the city, it's thought that much of the great library was destroyed by fire. What other works of genius were destroyed? We'll never know. There may even have been ancient geniuses of whom we know nothing. Is it possible that one day we'll discover a new ancient Einstein? From what we do know, it's clear that the ancient Greek inventors were all extraordinary men. They began modern science over two thousand years ago. They were truly ancient Einsteins.