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Archimedes : what did he do besides cry eureka?

Author: Sherman K Stein
Publisher: Washington, DC : Mathematical Association of America, ©1999.
Series: Classroom resource materials (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Many people have heard of two things about Archimedes: he was the greatest mathematician of antiquity and he ran from his bath crying, "Eureka, eureka!" few of us, layperson or mathematician are familiar with the accomplishments on which his reputation rests. This book answers the questions by describing in detail his astonishing accomplishments: how he developed the theory of the lever and the center of gravity;  Read more...
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Named Person: Archimedes.; Archimède.; Archimedes.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sherman K Stein
ISBN: 0883857189 9780883857182
OCLC Number: 42194474
Description: x, 155 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The life of Archimedes? --
The law of the lever --
Center of gravity --
Big literary find in Constantinople --
The mechanical method --
Two sums --
The parabola --
Floating bodies --
The spiral --
The sphere --
Archimedes traps [pi] --
Appendix A, Affine mappings and the parabola, Appendix B, The floating paraboloid: special case --
Appendix C, Notation --
Appendix D, References.
Series Title: Classroom resource materials (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Sherman Stein.
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Many people have heard of two things about Archimedes: he was the greatest mathematician of antiquity and he ran from his bath crying, "Eureka, eureka!" few of us, layperson or mathematician are familiar with the accomplishments on which his reputation rests. This book answers the questions by describing in detail his astonishing accomplishments: how he developed the theory of the lever and the center of gravity; how he used the center of gravity to study whether a floating object would tip over; how he summed a geometric series and the squares; and how he found the volume and surface area of a sphere. His ability to do so much with the few tools at his disposal is astonishing. - Publisher.

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