The Great Archimedes

The Great Archimedes


By (author) Mario Geymonat, Translated by R. Alden Smith

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  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 125 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Waco
  • ISBN 10: 1602583110
  • ISBN 13: 9781602583115
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: colour photos
  • Sales rank: 884,396

Product description

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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Mario Geymonat, a leading, world-class scholar of antiquity, has taught at the University Ca'Foscari of Venice, and at the Universities of Milan, Calabria, and Siena. He is the author of major critical works, including volumes on Virgil, Euclid, and Archimedes. In its original publication in Italian The Great Archimedes was awarded the coveted Corrado Alvaro award for Italian literary excellence. Geymonat lives in Italy. R. Alden Smith is Professor of Classics and Associate Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University.

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"... a delightful and richly illustrated biography of the great mathematician Archimedes... This publication makes Geymonat's interesting work available to the international public, acknowledging his praiseworthy objective of offering an excellent example of high-level scientific popularization." -- Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2012.01.14) "Italian scholar Geymonat provides an interesting, brief account of the life and importance of Archimedes in this translated work... Geymonat includes some unexpected gems... Fun read overall! Recommended. Academic, general, and professional audiences. All levels." --Choice, August 2011

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A rich, celebrated, and illustrated look at one of antiquity's greatest minds