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Episode #009: Horseless Carriage Day

Oct 26, 2020

This Episode

Gabrielle Muonelo

You Will Learn

● Today listen in to learn all about the crazy and long history of the horseless
carriage! (it goes back farther than you would think!)

Resources & Links

  • What Is An Aeolipile
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Episode #009: Horseless Carriage Day

“It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can
make the whole trip that way.” E. L. Doctorow
Hello everyone, and welcome to The Happy Holiday Life! Today we will be celebrating
National Horseless Carriage Day! Do you know what that means? Cars! If you are a car
fan or just a fan of information, that will knock your socks off! Join me today as we travel
back to the first century AD and into the future of aviation!


● “He describes the aeolipile as a scientific invention [to] discover a divine truth
lurking in the laws of the heavens.”

● “you have to have the right invention at the right time.” 


Show Notes

● Meet Malakhi: I introduce Malakhi, my son, who loves cars and wanted to tell us
a little about them. He answers if he thinks people could ever go back in time
without cars, and he answers where he thinks cars will be in the future and a
bunch of other fun questions that you should go check out!

● Who is credited for the first reference of horseless carriages? : British inventor
and mining engineer Richard Trevithick wins this title! He made the first high pressure steam engine as well as the first usable railway steam locomotive!
Such a smart guy!

● What is an aeolipile? : did you know steam-driven devices have been around
since the aeolipile in the first century AD! That was so long ago! The aeolipile
was credited to the 1st century AD’s hero of Alexandria. So what is an aeolipile?
It is a simple, bladeless radial steam turbine that spins when the central water
container is heated!

● Ctesibius: He was the inventor and mathematician of Alexandria, Ptolemaic
Egypt. And he is the one who wrote the first treaties on the science of
compressed air it uses in pumps.

● Vitruvius: described the aeolipile as “a scientific invention [to] discover a divine
truth lurking in the laws of the heavens.”

● Blasco De Garay: this man was a scientist and a Spanish Naval Captain. He
claimed he could propel large ships in the absence of wind using a copper boiler
and moving wheels apparatus. Garay’s invention introduced an innovation where
the aeolipile had a practical use.

● What this taught me: you have to have the right invention at the right time.

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