Sunday, September 7, 2014

Who Is Archimedes?

Stories of discovery and invention often begin with a problem that needs solving. Summoned by the king to investigate a suspicious goldsmith, the early Greek mathematician Archimedes stumbles upon the principle that would make him famous. 

Archimedes (287 BC – 212 BC)
Archimedes may have used his principle of buoyancy to determine
whether the golden crown was less 
dense than solid gold.

The Archimedes' screw can raise water efficiently.
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William Noel: Revealing The Lost Codex Of Archimedes

How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.

In 1906, The Archimedes Palimpsest revealed works by Archimedes thought to have been lost.

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