Heron of Alexandria

Heron of Alexandria was a Greek mathematician, engineer, scientist, and inventor born in 20 A.D. Among his inventions was the first steam engine, the vending machine, a water organ, theatrical sound effects, and the odometer. He also designed mechanical toys and wrote books on subjects ranging from geometry to mechanics. Known for his work in geometry, he even has a …

Fibonacci’s Real Name

Fibonacci’s sequence is a series of numbers found throughout nature, often in the ordering of tree branches and flower petals. Starting with 0 and 1, each number is the sum of the two numbers before it: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc. Credited with the introduction of the sequence in 1202, “Fibonacci” is a misnomer. The Italian Leonardo …

Precalculus in Ancient Babylon

Ancient Babylonians are known by historians for being brilliant astronomers and mathematicians. So archaeologists were not surprised when a recent discovery revealed that the Babylonians were using advanced mathematical techniques to predict the movements of Jupiter. The geometry based calculations were a precursor to calculus and were not thought to have been used until 14th century Europe. We are not responsible …

The Ambidextrous Genius

Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci, the famed painter, scientist, and inventor was ambidextrous and could not only write backwards, but could also write backwards with one hand and forwards with the other at the same time.