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Archimedes' Burning Mirror Problem Solved (cont.)
By Christopher Jordan

Books by Christopher Jordan

The Math Behind Burning Mirrors

The Math Behind Burning Mirrors

eBook available from Smashwords

Conclusion

Jordan shows techniques that delight artisans and scientists alike, with a tool that is a little cumbersome, but delivers a very high power to cost ratio. Uniquely historians find the knowledge useful in reframing the past. The lost tract ''On Burning Mirrors'' has effectively been reconstructed and shows why ancient scholars obsessed over spherical surfaces. Despite doubts over the most famous Burning Mirror of Archimedes used at Syracuse, it is certain that these tools were utilized in the ancient world. Understanding the operation of sun dishes will surely lead to some famous historical texts being rewritten or at least reinterpreted.

Scientists can use dishes to reduce the costs of high temperature research. The solar concentrators have already been used to make unique new types of crystals for photovoltaic cells. It is expected that similar techniques will be developed for industrial production. Meanwhile artisans can recreate those revered finishes of the past. The sun cultures produced some of the finest stonework, it is only fair that artists trying to mimic it should at least have the same power at their fingertips.

In the present age when we are looking for ways to solve our current energy issues, it seems that the ancients can still teach us a thing or two.


See Christopher Jordan's website here: http://secretsofthesunsects.wordpress.com/

See Christopher's other books:

Novels by Philip Newman with research by Christopher Jordan

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