|The origin of the pulley, like many simple machines, is unknown. There is a website at http://encarta.msn.com/find/concise.asp?ti=761570653&sid=5#s5.
It suggests that the pulley was used in Mesopotamia in 1500. Also, it
also suggests that the inventor Archimedes used a machine similar to
that of a pulley in 287-212 B.C. |
According to this website, there really is no history of a spinning top, because nobody could really be sure who spun the first top. However, this website gives several examples of games from the past in different countries such as China, Japan, and others in Europe. The different games include tsa lin (tops) and the ko-en-gen (Diabolo), which were spun in China for centuries. The Dreidel is a top used to play a traditional Jewish Hanukkah game that dates back over 2000 years.
(republished on 07/18/06)