Tag Archive: History of Science


You see it every day at home, every day at work. It is a commonplace tool, so commonplace that I usually do not give it much thought, yet it is nearly indispensable. It is the broom. A great deal of ingenuity and effort went into the creation of this important tool. Today, we will learn a brief history of its development.

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The standard flat broom. Sleek and efficient when compared to its predecessors. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Uploaded by User:Mauzile. CC BY-SA 4.0.

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Rope is strands or yarns of fibers twisted together into a stronger form, and is a staple for everyday life all over the world. But how did it originate? What are some things that it has been used for? This weekend, let’s examine the history of this extremely important and useful tool.

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A bundle of rope. Released under a CC0 license.

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By modern numbers, I mean the ten-digit system that we all are familiar with: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. This is a system now used the world over, but where did it come from? The ten-digit system used now in mathematics is called Hindu-Arabic numeral system, and, as the name suggests, this system emerged in India and Arabia.

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