Visiting the Acropolis, we learned that the machine used to lift vast marble blocks and columns worked on the exact same principles (double pulleys, swiveling base) that the modern one does in the restoration work. The only difference is manual labor vs. powered equipment.

There isn’t a whole lot new under the sun, but there is the ability to accomplish results more quickly with less labor. How are you working? Like they did 3,000 years ago, or like you can in contemporary times?

Archimedes invented the lever thousands of years ago, but many people don’t understand leverage today.

© Alan Weiss 2017

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