Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes

Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes

by Alan W. Hirshfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802716180

ISBN-13: 9780802716187

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: Walker & Company

Many of us know little more about Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) than his famous exclamation of "Eureka!" upon discovering that the spillage of water produced by an immersed object reveals the object's volume. That seemingly simple insight helped establish the key principles of buoyancy that govern the flotation of everything from boats to balloons.

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Overview

Many of us know little more about Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) than his famous exclamation of "Eureka!" upon discovering that the spillage of water produced by an immersed object reveals the object's volume. That seemingly simple insight helped establish the key principles of buoyancy that govern the flotation of everything from boats to balloons.

Archimedes also had a profound impact on the development of mathematics and science, from the value of pi to the size of the universe. His reputation during his lifetime swelled to mythic proportions for his feats of engineering and his ingenious use of levers, pulleys, and ropes.

Eureka Man brings to life the genius of Archimedes and chronicles the remarkable saga of the Archimedes Palimpsest—the long-lost manuscript rediscovered in the twentieth century, a vivid reminder that Archimedes' cumulative record of accomplishment places him among the exalted ranks of Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802716187
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1: The Essential Archimedes....................3
Chapter 2: The Stormy Sea....................16
Chapter 3: Euclidean Fantasies....................33
Chapter 4: Number Games....................53
Chapter 5: Eureka Man....................71
Chapter 6: The Science of Fear....................86
Chapter 7: The Voice Beneath the Page....................103
Chapter 8: A Bridge Across Time....................114
Chapter 9: The Parchment Brothers....................122
Chapter 10: Leo's Library....................132
Chapter 11: Resurrection and Light....................146
Chapter 12: Gentleman and Scoundrel....................160
Chapter 13: The French Connection....................178
Chapter 14: Sweetest Sustenance of Souls....................196
Notes....................209
Bibliography....................215
Acknowledgments....................229
Index....................231

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