Who invented the lever?
Credit: Datacraft Co Ltd imagenavi Getty Images
Q:

Who invented the lever?

A:

Quick Answer

The inventor of the lever is unknown, as it has most likely been in use since prehistoric times. Greek mathematician Archimedes was the first to describe levers in approximately 260 B.C.

  Know More

Full Answer

Having discovered the reasoning behind why levers worked, Archimedes once famously stated, "Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth." Using the principle of leverage, he invented block and tackle pulley systems, which allowed sailors to lift heavy objects that were too heavy to be lifted in any other manner.

Levers are employed in some of the most basic instruments used in modern times, including nutcrackers, tongs, scissors, pliers and hammer claws.

Learn more about Inventions

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Who invented levers and pulleys?

    A:

    There is no written evidence that indicates who invented the lever and pulley. The earliest mention of a pulley-like device (a device which also used a lever) came from the Greeks. Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, was credited with discovering how levers work and developing pulley systems.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented the bra?

    A:

    Mary Phelps Jacob is credited as the inventor of the modern brassiere. She received a patent in 1914 for her design, which began in 1913 with a prototype made from silk handkerchiefs and pink ribbon.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented biomass?

    A:

    It is impossible to name an inventor of biomass, because biomass has been used since humans first began to burn wood to create fire. Biomass refers to any material from the remains of previously living organisms, all plants and animals included.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented the microscope?

    A:

    Zacharias Janssen is the Dutch spectacle maker who is widely credited as the inventor of the first compound microscope. Although many of the archives surrounding Janssen's invention have been lost, historians believe that Zacharias and his father Hans invented the first microscope at some point in the 1590s.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore