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(287 – 212 BC)
Archimedes was one of the greatest minds of ancient Greece.
He solved problems with solutions no man of his time had ever thought of before, finding the density of precious metals, the circumference of circles, and even made
weapons that defended his city against the Romans.
Over the years, more and more of his writings have been discovered, making his genius more and more evident to the worlds of science and mathematics.
We hope you enjoy learning about him!
Here’s a quick and simple biography video from cloudbiography.com.
This documentary from the BBC is about Archimedes life and the writings that he left behind.
One of the most important findings of Archimedes was Pi.
Pi is the mathematical concept that helps us measure the circle, here’s how he discovered it.
The Archimedes Principle is what we now use to find out how dense something is.
Funny enough, Archimedes figured this one out while taking a bath!
Archimedes lived in Syracuse, a city state of Greece.
When the Romans attacked Syracuse, Archimedes designed some of their greatest defenses.
Another mathematical discovery of Archimedes is the Power of Ten, also known as Scientific Notation.
Instead of writing out really long numbers, he designed a system that was easier to keep track of.
One of his most important inventions was the Archimedes Screw. Originally made to transport water uphill to irrigate crops, now we use this same screw to make electric turbines.
Here’s a look at a design for a seriously cool water-powered electric turbine based after Archimedes’ idea.
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