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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama attends a bilateral meeting with President of Kyrgyzstan Rosa Otunbaeva on September 24, 2010 in New York, New York. Obama has been in New York since Wednesday attending the annual General Assembly at the United Nations where in a speech yesterday he stressed the need for a resolution between Israel and Palestine a renewed international effort to keep Iran from attaining nuclear weapons. (Photo by Spencer Platt/POOL/Getty Images)
The commander-in-chief will help hosts Adam and Jamie determine whether Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet by using mirrors to reflect the sun's rays during the Siege of Syracuse.Legend has it that the Greek scientist destroyed the enemy ships with fire in the battle, about 200 b.c. using a “heat ray.”
"I can announce today that I taped a special guest appearance for their show, although I didn't get to blow anything up," Obama joked to reporters. "I was a little frustrated about that."
The popular science show busted the myth in 2006, with help from M.I.T. students. But they'll try again with Obama in an undisclosed role. It's part of a White House push to gin up interest in science among American kids, according to The New York Times.
“Did Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun?” a press release for the show asks. “Will Adam and Jamie be able to pull this off, or will they have to report back to the president that they failed?”