Best known for (allegedly) shouting "Eureka!" before running naked through the streets, Archimedes of Syracuse is much more than an ancient, absent-minded professor too preoccupied with scientific discovery to finish his bath. Born around 287 BCE in a prosperous Greek city-state off the coast of Italy, Archimedes was a brilliant engineer whose inventions helped defend his home against invasions, as well as a gifted mathematician whose work included calculating the numerical value of pi and anticipating calculus by some 2,000 years. And as this well-researched, engaging biography shows, Archimedes still has much to teach us about the world, both ancient and modern. Nature and Science April 2015 newsletter.
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