The Great Archimedes

The Great Archimedes

by Mario Geymonat
     
 

ISBN-10: 1602583110

ISBN-13: 9781602583115

Pub. Date: 01/15/2011

Publisher: Baylor University Press

In this exclusive English edition of the elucidating and award-winning investigation of Archimedes' life, Mario Geymonat provides fresh insights into one of the greatest minds in the history of humankind. Archimedes (ca 287 BCE-ca 212 BCE) was a mathematician, physicist, scientist, and engineer. Born in Syracuse, Sicily, the Greek Archimedes was an inventor par

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In this exclusive English edition of the elucidating and award-winning investigation of Archimedes' life, Mario Geymonat provides fresh insights into one of the greatest minds in the history of humankind. Archimedes (ca 287 BCE-ca 212 BCE) was a mathematician, physicist, scientist, and engineer. Born in Syracuse, Sicily, the Greek Archimedes was an inventor par excellence. He not only explored the displacement of water and sand, worked out the principle of levers, developed an approximation of pi, discovered ways to determine the areas and volumes of solids, and invented the monumental Archimedes' screw (a machine for raising water), Archimedes also developed machinery that his fellow Syracusans successfully employed to defend their native city against the Romans. The Great Archimedes is already a highly acclaimed telling of the life and mind of one of antiquity's most important and innovative thinkers, and, now in translation, it is sure to be cherished by experts and novices alike across the English-speaking world. This wonderfully illustrated and multifarious book is enriched by numerous quotations and testimonies from ancient sources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602583115
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2011
Pages:
125
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword by Zhores AlferovPreface by Luciano CanforaTranslator’s Preface by R. Alden Smith1. The Adventurous Life of a Remarkable Scientist2. The Mysterious Greek Letter3. "Give Me a Lever Long Enough and I Will Move the World"4. Eureka!5. Archimedes’ Magnum Opus: On the Sphere and the Cylinder6. How Many Grains of Sand Does It Take to Fill the Universe?7. Archimedes as Civil and Military Engineer8. An Original and Persuasive Method9. Archimedes and the Poets Catullus, Horace, and Virgil10. The "Myth" of Archimedes, Yesterday and Today

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