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Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes
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The extraordinary genius of Archimedes—scientist, mathematician, engineer, and showman.
Many of us know little about Archimedes other than his “Eureka” exclamation upon discovering that he could immerse an object in a full tub of water and measure the spillage to determine the object’s volume. That simple observation helped establish the key principles of buoyancy that govern the flotation of hot-air balloons, boats, and denizens of the sea.
Archimedes had a profound impact on the development of mathematics and science: from square roots to the stability of ships; number systems to levers; the value of pi to the size of the universe. Yet this same cerebral man developed machines of war that held at bay the greatest army of antiquity. Ironically, Archimedes’ reputation swelled to mythic proportions in the ancient world for his feats of engineering: the hand-cranked irrigation device—commonly known as “Archimedes’ screw”—and his ingenuous use of levers, pulleys, and ropes to launch, single-handedly, a fully laden ship!
His rediscovered treatises guided nascent thinkers out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. Indeed, Archimedes’ cumulative record of achievement places him among the exalted ranks of Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein. Eureka Man brings to life for general readers the genius of Archimedes, offering succinct and understandable explanations of some of his amazing discoveries and innovations.
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"Many of us know little more about Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) than that he famously leaped from his bathtub and exclaimed "Eureka!" upon discovering that the spillage of water produced by an immersed object reveals the object's volume. That simple insight speaks to his influence over millennia, for it 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. Archimedes' reputation during his lifetime swelled to mythic proportions for his feats of engineering, among them the hand-cranked irrigation device commonly known as the Archimedes' screw as well as his ingenious use of levers, pulleys, and ropes to launch, single-handedly, a fully laden ship. Indeed, he is said to have boasted to the Syracusan king Hieron II, "Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth." Later in his life, he applied his keen intellect to military matters, developing fearsome machines of war and defense strategies that successfully held at bay the Roman army, the greatest of all antiquity, when it attacked his home city of Syracuse in 213 B.C." "Eureka Man brings to life the genius and humanity of Archimedes and the drama and complexity of his ancient world, when both civilization and the exploration of nature were in formative stages. Alan Hirshfeld also chronicles the remarkable saga of the Archimedes Palimpsest - the long-lost manuscript rediscovered in the twentieth century that reveals much about Archimedes' thought process and about how his manifold achievements were recorded and spread. Speaking to us across the centuries. It is a reminder that Archimedes' cumulative record of accomplishment places him among the exalted ranks of Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein."--BOOK JACKET.
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