The Wind-Sphere Ship by Steven R. Southard
of Alexandria, in the 1st Century A.D., invented a primitive steam
engine he called an aeolipile, or wind-sphere. Persuaded by his friend
Praxiteles, he used this engine to propel a ship. If his steam-ship
could beat a man-rowed galley in a race, could Heron bring about the
Industrial Revolution 1700 years early? The action never ebbs in this
tale of friendship, technological vision, and one of history s missed
opportunities. Let the race begin!