Giants of Science: Who was Archimedes?

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Later, Archimedes would play a crucial role in Syracuse’s defense against Roman attack. In fact, Syracuse was invaded in 213 BC, it was Archimedes’ brilliant inventions that drastically extended the time it took for the Romans to overtake the city. However, upon being defeated by the Romans in the Fall of 212 BC, Syracuse was captured, and Archimedes was killed.

Fortunately, more details of Archimedes’ life have survived than virtually any other ancient scientist. Above all, we anecdotally learn of Archimedes’ life through the marvelous and lasting impacts left by his brilliance in engineering and invention. Although, even long after his death, dozens of game-changing scientific legacies would later be credited to Archimedes.

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There are countless other life-changing scientific and mathematical imprints left behind by Archimedes. However, the fact that we are unable to even list them all shows us just how revolutionary and incredible Archimedes’ life was!

Fun facts about Archimedes

    • Archimedes was known for drawing math problems on his stomach, using olive oil.
    • Often ranked in the top three greatest mathematicians of all time (usually among Carl Friedrich Gauss, Euclid, and others)

    • Later on, Archimedes’ works would heavily influence Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton and even Leonardo da Vinci!
    • It is believed that when Roman soldiers finally invaded Syracuse, Archimedes was so involved in a problem, he was unaware of the attack!
    • Rumor has it, upon finding out how to prove that the king of Syracuse’s (Hiero) crown contained silver, Archimedes ran naked through the streets of Syracuse, meaning, “I’ve found it!”

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