American Survival Guide

THINK­ING OUT OF THE BOX

- Rome

Archimedes, the Greek math­e­ma­ti­cian, was cred­ited with de­sign­ing the first el­e­va­tor well over 2,000 years ago.

EL­E­VA­TORS, HARDLY A MOD­ERN CON­VE­NIENCE

Yes, the mod­ern el­e­va­tor has en­abled man to ex­pand up­ward ex­po­nen­tially since the late 19th cen­tury, but its his­tory and use­ful­ness have been around for over 2,000 years and per­haps even longer.

Archimedes, an all-around ge­nius of his time, in­vented the first el­e­va­tor around 235 BC. Us­ing the prop­er­ties of pul­leys and winches, he de­vel­oped el­e­va­tors that could be lifted up­ward un­der hu­man and an­i­mal power.

The Ro­mans then adapted Archimedes’ in­ven­tion and added it to the world-fa­mous Colos­seum in Rome, ev­i­dent by shafts found at the an­cient site.

Fi­nally, style was all the rage in the late 1800s, as el­e­va­tors were once called mov­able rooms, and what bet­ter to be put into rooms? How about fur­ni­ture, chan­de­liers, dec­o­ra­tive car­pet­ing and or­na­men­tal rugs. The process of mov­ing one or two floors up­ward was a classy un­der­tak­ing as the oc­cu­pants would ac­tu­ally sit down, re­lax and en­joy the ride.

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