A Cabinet of Byzantine Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from History’s Most Orthodox Empire, Anthony Kaldellis aims to capture this side of the Byzantines.
inventors perfected Greek Fire, a combustible liquid like napalm that
could be hurled at enemy ships (or lobbed against land armies as hand
grenades); a Byzantine philosopher made two synchronized clocks, placing
one at the frontier and one in the capital, so that messages could be
sent across Asia Minor via a network of fire signals, each message keyed
to the time of day or night that it was sent; and Byzantine theologians
included ancient Greek science within the basic curriculum of learning
that aspiring religious thinkers had to master.
Follow the link to read about six notable successes (and failures) of Byzantine science and engineering.