I was an inventor and engineer, creating the first steam engine/steam turbine, the first windwheel (producing power by harnessing the wind), and the first "coinoperated" vending machine.
I taught at the famous Library of Alexandria, where my writings appeared as lecture notes for courses in mathematics, mechanics, and physics.
As a side line, I used my mechanical ingenuity to create devices priests could use in temples to instill faith in nonbelievers with deceiving "magical acts of the gods."
Published in my Metrica, I am best known for my formula for calculating the area of a triangle using only the three side lengths (sans trig).
I was interested in all forms of mensurationmathematics, physics, and opticsbeing the first to prove geometrically the law of reflection for light rays.
Answer:
Heron of Alexandria (ca. 1070)
