The Trireme: History and Naval Architecture. Kimon Triantafyllou, University of Pennsylvania

Date: Thursday, August 30
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 am
Location: MIT E38-300 (292 Main St., Cambridge, 3rd floor)

Kimon will be speaking on “The Trireme: History and Naval Architecture”. The Trireme was a warship developed in Ancient Greece during the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Eras. The trireme is considered to be a major technological achievement of the ancient world. They now have available a reconstructed trireme that allows them to investigate this technology and compare it with their own technology. To better understand the background that led to this technology, they consider the scientific principles that guided its development.

Kimon is currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Boston University Academy (BU's high school). He occasionally write articles for the Daily Pennsylvanian, UPenn's newspaper. He plans to double-major in math and history. He feels that the project he has been working on the past month on the historical and naval architecture aspects of the trireme combines both perfectly. In July, he traveled to Athens and started the project by touring a full-scale reconstruction of a trireme. He read up on the history of the ship and used the knowledge of naval architecture that he gained while working on his senior thesis--Archimedes' Method Applied to Naval Architecture--in order to mathematically analyze the trireme.

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The Trireme Olympias, a modern reconstruction of the Greek warship that helped to defeat the Persians at the Battle of Salamis (courtesy Cornell College).