# Archimedes imagined it 2000 years ago, this teenager reproduces the mythical death ray

Jun21,2024

Does the death ray speak to you? We'll stop you right away, this is not the laser beam produced by the Death Star in Star Wars. No, this is the mythical death ray that Archimedes had imagined. Two thousand years later, a young Canadian aged 13-year-old has just reproduced in miniature version this hypothesis put forward by the famous Greek mathematician.

## A principle of Archimedes judged impossible to achieve

We invite you to take a little journey back in time over two thousand years. Let's head to ancient Greece and explore the meeting of Archimedes who imagines, to destroy the Roman fleet approaching Syracuse, a system with several mirrors to produce destruction by radiation. His idea is then called “death ray”.

The principle is simple, the mathematician imagines that by pointing a mirror in the direction of the Sun and making it bounce light from mirrors to mirrors towards a target, it would then be sufficiently heated. Thus, by accumulating heat on a single point, Archimedes hoped that enemy Roman ships could kiss each other.

Well Obviously, no trace proves that the Greek scientist was able to put his idea of ​​a death ray into practice. Throughout history, many inventors have tried to develop such a configuration but without success. So much so that Descartes decreed in the 17th century that Archimedes' idea was simply impossible.

## This 13-year-old teenager proves that Archimedes was right

Maybe for Descartes but not for Brenden Senner. This 13-year-old Canadian is a fan of Archimedes. After a trip to Greece, he decides to prove that the mythical death ray was feasible. To do this, he equips himself with a simple heating lamp and several mirrors to reproduce a miniature version of Archimedes' concept. Once the prototype has been considered, As functional, it adds new mirrors to the system. The observation is clear: à Each time a new reflective surface is added, the temperature of the light is then amplified.

Brenden recorded the results of his experiment in an article published in in the Canadian Science Fair Journal. We discover thatwith four mirrors and a 50 W light source, the temperature reaches 110°C and 160°C with a 100 W source.

The Canadian teenager explains that Archimedes' death ray may exist but that his idea of ​​using it to cause enemy ships to burn would have been wrong. very complicated. In fact, the wood begins to deteriorate. burn approximately 300°C and with the technologies available at In his time, he would have been almost impossible to achieve this. But Brenden Senner still managed to win. demonstrate that Archimedes had an excellent idea for a miniature death ray.

#### By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116