When you think of the greatest innovators of all time, youngsters may think of Steve Jobs, adults may think of Nikola Tesla, but if you’re truly into history, you’ll think of Hero, also known as Heron, the greatest Greek mathematician of all time.
Nobody knows precisely when he was born, but we do know that it was between 150 BCE and 250 CE in Ptolemaic Egypt or the late Roman Empire.
He spent most of his time in the University of Alexandria Library, and it is thought that he had a deep affection for Ctesibius of Alexandria’s works or that he was a pupil of his.
He taught the pupils using his own books once he became a teacher. He created the first Philosopher’s Stone, which was said to have the ability to transform one liquid into another, such as converting water into wine.
Hero is credited with the Automata, the Pneumatica, the Dioptra, the Catoprica, and the Mechanica, among the greatest manuscripts discovered at the period.
He was the inventor of the aeolipile, a rocket-like device that used steam for propulsion.
He was also the first to invent the wind-powered machine and a water the vending machine, both of which were widely used across the land’s temples.