The medieval physicist and robotics genius Al-jazari Invented a number of ‘trick devices’ to explain the basic principles of mechanics.
One of those devices, which mainly illustrated the working principles of the siphon, the lever and the pivot, was a water-powered perpetual flute, whose melodies no doubt resounded through the halls of the Seljuk and Artukid palaces of the period.
SEE THE FLUTE
A replica of Al-Jazari’s perpetual flute is on display in the Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
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