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The Great Archimedes
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Translator's Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. The Adventurous Life of a Remarkable Scientist
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. The Mysterious Greek Letter Pi
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. 3. Give Me a Lever Long Enough and I Will Move the World
  2. pp. 23-27
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  1. 4. Eureka!
  2. pp. 29-37
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  1. 5. Archimedes' Magnum Opus On the Sphere and the Cylinder
  2. pp. 39-49
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  1. 6. How Many Grains of Sand Does It Take To Fill the Universe
  2. pp. 51-57
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  1. 7. Archimedes as Civil and Military Engineer
  2. pp. 59-68
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  1. 8. An Original and Persuasive Method
  2. pp. 69-73
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  1. 9. Archimedes and the Poets Catullus, Horace, and Virgil
  2. pp. 75-83
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  1. 10. The "Myth" of Archimedes, Yesterday and Today
  2. pp. 85-95
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 107-109
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  1. Index [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 111-116
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