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Project Mathematics! "The Tunnel of Samos"
November 27, 2007

Target: Grades 9-12

Length: 30 minutes

Tells the story of a Greek engineer, Eupalinos of Megara. In the 6th century B.C., Eupalinos excavated a thousand meter tunnel straight through the heart of a mountain located on the Island of Samos in the Aegean Sea. This program describes the method used, as well as alternate methods proposed by scholars in modern times. The program also shows that the problem of delivering fresh water to large populations has been an ongoing human endeavor since ancient times.

 

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