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Archimedes Death Ray

brinticus Re:You don't have to burn wood -- people will do. (584 comments)

Hi, I'm a professor of philosophy. I've also felt that the victory was secured by knowing (A) the sails are indeed on fire, and (B) Archimedes did it. That would be enough to gain a tactical advantage and, on my view, doable given the conditions of the experiement. Why so? With this happening to but a few ships would be enough to have the forces withdrawl, and count as a victory (that day) for Archimedes.

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