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Well, I think I've a response for this, but the situation in the Roman Empire was not too different from the 18 century in Europe, but curiously this did not lead to a Industrial Revolution, a knowledge explosion an so on. The reason, for me, was a tiny actor they lacked, one of the two main characters in computing.
What do you thing could be the reason?
Well some modern banks like Lloyd's made great part of his wealth from slavery, till late 18 century.
Some people could argue their job is slavery nowadays ...
Now seriously speaking, I think the actual reason was the lack of "0", half of our binary system.
This one came from India, like software stuff nowadays. I can´t image Oliver Heavyside building some foundations of engineering without a good supply of zeros.
Both the Greeks and Romans knew of the steam engine* for example, but they didn't use it (except to make the gods look more exciting) as slaves did a better job, cheaper.
They lacked the metallurgy needed to make the large pressure vessels needed for steam engines with useful power densities. At best they'd've been limited to low pressure models with performance ratings of IIRC less than a ton/horsepower that used so much coal they were only capable of being ran onsite at coal mines.
And the industrial revolution began using water wheels, so arguments pointing to the ancients not taking advantage of steam power are totally blaming the wrong thing to begin with.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
I think so. It came from India. Can you imagine the speed of light represented in roman digits?
Is is philoshopically interesting that an item devoid of existence, in fact it represents the opposite of existence, has such importance:
"Please, add some zeroes to my wage !!!"
"No,no the opposite side"