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A Favorite Abode of Science:

Santa Clara College and the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge, 1851-1900

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Pneumatics, Hydraulics, and Acoustics - Archimedean Screw
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Archimedean Screw
Archimedean Screw
A simple mechanical device credited to Archimedes. When the lower end of the screw is placed in water, turning the device raises water to the top. This principle has various applications for drainage and irrigation, but the instrument can also be used with loose materials like grain, sand and ashes.

Item#: 8, on loan from collector Mark McElyea
Photograph courtesy of Charles Barry, SCU
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