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published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
written by David Wallace
Visit this site for an experiment, conducted by undergraduates at MIT, to
investigate the claim that Archimedes set Roman ships on fire with reflected sunlight. Text and photos tell the story of the engineering investigation, step-by-step. The site also contains a video of the experiment and a follow-up experiment with TV's Mythbusters®.
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Photo credit: David Wallace, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering; image source This resource was a Physics To Go feature from October 1, 2007 until October 16, 2007. View the feature here!
Nucleus This resource was featured by the Nucleus collection from October 18, 2007 until November 18, 2007. View the feature here!


Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Keywords: Archimedes, Heat, Light, Sunlight, reflection
Record Creator: Metadata instance created June 19, 2007 by Andrew Coughlin
Record Updated: May 29, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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October 1, 2005
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AIP Format
D. Wallace, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2006), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
D. Wallace, Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2006), <http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html>.
APA Format
Wallace, D. (2005, October 1). Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing. Retrieved July 23, 2014, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html
Chicago Format
Wallace, David. Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 1, 2005. http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html (accessed 23 July 2014).
MLA Format
Wallace, David. Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006. 1 Oct. 2005. 23 July 2014 <http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "David Wallace", Title = {Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing}, Publisher = {Massachusetts Institute of Technology}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {23 July 2014}, Month = {October 1, 2005}, Year = {2006} }
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