This research paper is a study of Roman Engineering and Greek Science. This paper answers questions about Roman Engineering and Greek Science. My sources for this paper are books on the Roman Engineering and books on the Greek Science from the Harper College Library, the Arlington Heights Library and the Schaumburg Library. These sources are listed on the Works Cited page. Photocopies of the title pages of these books are included as attachments to this paper.
History has it that the ancient Roman engineering and Greek science have aided a great deal in informing contemporary engineering and science. The Romans stood out in the appliance of engineering and technology because they employed both mathematics and science. The merging of mathematics and science enabled the Romans to engineer structures and technologies that are still being viewed by the world as the watershed of the current crop of structural design and evolution of machinery and technology. On the other hand, contemporary science has its basic foundations in Greek science. The Greeks greatly contributed to the study of science through their critical breakthrough on the existence of nature (Lloyd 120). The Greek advancement of the study of nature made it possible for modern scientists to further the belief that science exists as a relationship between matter and other natural forces and laws and not as a result of the gods, as it had been previously thought. Through their advanced studies in science, the Greeks unearthed the truth that science was not in any way controlled or ordered by the subjective whims of the gods. This paper is aimed at comparing Greek science and Roman engineering.
Roman engineers occupied an enviable position in the field of engineering and science and as a result, most of their engineering works have been viewed by many as being outstanding. To qualify this position, it is argued that most of the conduits that were constructed by Roman engineers are still standing and functional up to date (Ashby 330). When the bridges and the conduits built by the Roman engineers are sampled, it is evident that the hydraulic engineering technology employed was advanced. When studied, basing the engineering expertise used then to the contemporary values and construction technology, the Roman engineering, science and mathematical applications were immense accomplishments. Their input in the building of culverts, conduits, bridges and energy dissipaters, cannot be described as obvious because much had gone into the structural formation, operation and the designing in order to have such brilliant structures.
The Nimes and Frejus conduits are some of the structures that were built by the Roman engineers and they are still available for study and sampling. Some included major engineering structures like arcades, bridges, inverted siphons. These structures were built for different purposes but primarily to carry water from lakes and rivers to cities. They were in use for many...