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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

Michael Wojcik Silver badge

Re: Ancient technology ...

I suspect the Roman empire was responsible for holding back, or even reversing, the development of science and technology over a large part of the 'old world'.

I vaguely recall reading somewhere - perhaps in A History of Pi? my copy is on another continent at the moment, or I'd try to find the passage in question - that the engineers of the much-vaunted Roman aqueducts thought water flow was proportional to the radius of the conduit, rather than to its cross-sectional area1 (neglecting edge effects). The suggestion was that Roman engineering mostly consisted of "I dunno, try making it bigger" rather than actually doing the math.

But I haven't looked into the matter at all myself.

1And thus to the square of the radius.

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