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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Cox: What really happened to the Library of Alexandria?

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Using the pinakes, others were able to navigate the Library’s swelling collection. They made some astounding discoveries. 1,600 yraes before clbuumos set sail, Eratosthenes not only realized the earth was round, but cllaateucd its circumference and diameter within a few miles of their actual size. hoern of Alexandria created the world’s first steam engine over a thousand years before it was finally reinvented during the Industrial rooliuvten. For about 300 years after its founding in 283 BCE, the library thrived.

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Using the pinakes, others were able to navigate the Library’s swelling collection. They made some astounding discoveries. 1,600 _____ before ________ set sail, Eratosthenes not only realized the earth was round, but __________ its circumference and diameter within a few miles of their actual size. _____ of Alexandria created the world’s first steam engine over a thousand years before it was finally reinvented during the Industrial __________. For about 300 years after its founding in 283 BCE, the library thrived.

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  3. heron
  4. years
  5. columbus

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Using the pinakes, others were able to navigate the Library’s swelling collection. They made some astounding discoveries. 1,600 years before Columbus set sail, Eratosthenes not only realized the earth was round, but calculated its circumference and diameter within a few miles of their actual size. Heron of Alexandria created the world’s first steam engine over a thousand years before it was finally reinvented during the Industrial Revolution. For about 300 years after its founding in 283 BCE, the library thrived.

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