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The first steam engine was known as what?



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The first steam engine was known as what?

A cotton swab

A mill engine

A Newcomen Dynamo

A Aeolipile

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  A woodcut illustration of an eolipiel
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Answer: An eolipiel

Although the 18th and 19th centuries are known as the Age of Steam due to the increasing use of steam engines and their influence on transport and trade, the roots of the steam engine reach much further back.

The first registered copy of a steam engine dates all the way from the first century AD writings of Hero or Alexandria. He wrote about a rocket-style engine that turned water into steam and used the steam to spin a sphere that was equipped with two crooks with nozzles. The name, eolipiel, translates to & # 39; the ball from Aeolus & # 39; – Eolus was a king endowed by the gods with the winds (and known as the Keeper of the Winds).

There is no evidence that the eolipiel was ever made practical use and is believed to have simply served as a temple wonder – a device intended to arouse awe and curiosity among the observer.


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