The Great Archimedes

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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 125 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • Baylor University Press
  • Waco, United States
  • English
  • colour photos
  • 1602583110
  • 9781602583115
  • 1,077,161

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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 2011show more

About Mario Geymonat

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 more

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Table of contents

Foreword by Zhores AlferovPreface by Luciano CanforaTranslator's Preface by R. Alden Smith1. The Adventurous Life of a Remarkable Scientist2. The Mysterious Greek Letter3. "Give Me a Lever Long Enough and I Will Move the World"4. Eureka!5. Archimedes' Magnum Opus: On the Sphere and the Cylinder6. How Many Grains of Sand Does It Take to Fill the Universe?7. Archimedes as Civil and Military Engineer8. An Original and Persuasive Method9. Archimedes and the Poets Catullus, Horace, and Virgil10. The "Myth" of Archimedes, Yesterday and Todayshow more