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Archimedes

Archimedes was born in a seaport city of Syracuse called the Sicily Magna Graecia. He is considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians to have lived. He had also invented things, designed machines. Archimedes was also a scientist but math was his most important skill. Archimedes dad was an astronomer, who could have been related to the Heiron, King of Syracuse.

Archimedes studied in Alexandria at a school established by Euclid and then he stayed in his native city.

To the Geeks of this time, which was in the B.C. times, mathematics was considered to be a fine art. They described math to be something that had no practical reason, but was pleasing to the smart people and to be enjoyed by those with extraordinary talents and leisure. During his time he didn’t record things with his inventions but he did become famous for them. He didn’t find them important like he did with his mathematical work.

Archimedes had many contributions to mathematics. One was the “Archimedes Principle” or the method of determining the volume of a object that had an irregular shape. How he discovered this was when he was asked by the king to tell him if his crown had been filled with any other material besides the gold that he provided the untrustworthily goldsmith. And to do this he was not allowed to damage the crown in any way. So when he was taking a bath he discovered that the water level rose as he got in and that he could use water displacement to determine the true volume of an object that had odd shapes. He also came up with the method of exhaustion, or what we call pi. This is coming up with a answer to a problem that had different degrees of accuracy that would have an approximate answer. For example for measuring a circle. Archimedes also is who made the “Quadrature of the Parabola. This is where he proved that the area enclosed by a parabola and a straight line is 4/3 times the area of a corresponding inscribed triangle. He described...