Three Old Scientific Concepts Getting a Modern Look

The ancients often got it wrong about science — but they weren’t that far off.

The Pythagorean cup – the vessel that spills its content if you’re too greedy

A clever and entertaining vessel designed by Pythagoras himself to hold an optimal amount of wine, forcing people to imbibe only in moderation – a virtue of great regard. If the user was too greedy and poured wine over the limit, the cup would spill its entire content.