Boss wants me to program

Tom Anderson twic at urchin.earth.li
Thu Jun 30 19:00:01 CEST 2005


On Wed, 29 Jun 2005, phil wrote:

>> Wow! How about a sextant? Simple device really. And a great practical 
>> demonstration of trigonometry.
>
> Excellent idea, even found a few how to sites. We'll do it.
> Any others?

A ballista? For many years when i was a kid, my dad wanted to build a 
ballista; he collected loads of literature on it. There's a surprising 
amount of maths involved - the Greeks actually devised instruments for 
computing cube roots in order to do it!

Perhaps not an ideal project for schoolkids, though.

tom

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