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Archimedes' Burning Mirror Problem Solved
By Christopher Jordan

Books by Christopher Jordan

Secrets of the Sun Sects

Secrets of the Sun Sects

eBook available from Smashwords

The Sun Devices

The Sun Devices

eBook available from Smashwords

The Math Behind Burning Mirrors

The Math Behind Burning Mirrors

eBook available from Smashwords

Introduction

The "Secrets of the Sun Sects" makes the case for the extensive use of solar technology by ancient civilizations. There are two strands of evidence, parabolic solar concentrators and heating large black stones. Through two simple devices, it is shown that the successful societies of antiquity were using the sun to underpin their industry, art and science. The solar relics are surprisingly common and are all tied together with the rediscovery of lost techniques that are proving useful today. The implications are explored in some reframed histories of the important sun cultures.

The focus of this article is the parabolic solar mirrors that are supposed to have existed in antiquity. The majority of comparable proposals fall down primarily because there is no method to make the elusive devices. For centuries, the prevailing view has been that spherical reflectors make poor parabolas, ''The Math behind Burning Mirrors'' refutes this completely. With this change of perspective, Christopher Jordan not only shows how they built and used these tools, but also explains many anomalies from the artifacts. These curved mirrors turn out to be the most powerful devices up until the twentieth century with amazing capabilities.

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