The Life of Archimedes

Topics: Archimedes, Density, Syracuse, Sicily Pages: 3 (1133 words) Published: April 1, 2014
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The Life of Archimedes

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, a scientist, and a skilled inventor who was born around 287 B.C. in the seaport city of Syracuse, Sicily. It has been said that since his father was an astronomer, Archimedes inherited his fathers interest for mathematics, science, and inventions, however his biggest interest was in Geometry. In his lifetime not only was he was able to create a ton of helpful inventions, he also discovered how to find the volume of a sphere, determine the exact value of Pi, created the Principle of Buoyancy, and also created Scientific Notation (Powers of Ten). He took great pride in his work and there were times where he became so in depth with his work, he often forgot to bathe or eat and some would say his real hunger was to learn! Archimedes became famous for many things and he has come to be known as one of the biggest contributors to today's mathematics. He was often called “the wise one”, “the master”, and also “the great geometer” by his peers.

One of Archimedes' many accomplishments was “The Archimedes Screw” which was created to fulfill the needs of his king and good friend, King Hieron II. Archimedes was his military adviser and his job was to create useful tools as well as build things. One day King Hieron commissioned Archimedes to design a luxury ship of sorts which came to be known as “The Syracusia” which could carry huge amounts of materials and supplies and was capable of carrying well over 600 people. A problem Archimedes was faced however was the fact that having a ship as big as it was, one must take into account of how much water would leak through the hull. This is where “The Archimedes Screw” came into place. It was used to remove the bilge water. This invention was a device with a revolving screw-shaped blade inside a cylinder which was turned by hand and was also used to transfer water from a small body of water into canals to help water plants back then. In fact, this invention is...