Archimedes' screw, 1761-1762.

Archimedes' screw, 1761-1762.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Model, made by George Adams, instrument maker to the king, to demonstrate the working of the hydraulic screw whose invention is traditionally ascribed to Greek mathematician Archimedes (c 287-212 BC). Turning the handle at the top makes a ball travel up the helical tube. This device is still in use in many parts of the world for raising water.

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