Essay on Archimedes

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Archimedes



Archimedes was born in 287 BC in Syracuse, a Greek seaport colony in Sicily. Archimedes’
father was Phidias. He was an astronomer; this is all we know about his father and we
learn this from Archimedes’ work, The Sandreckoner. Archimedes was educated in Alexandria,
Egypt. Archimedes’ friend, Heracleides, wrote a biography about him, but this work was
lost. Some authors report that he visited Egypt and there invented a tool known as
Archimedes' screw. This is a pump, still used today in parts of the world. It is likely
that, when he was a young man, Archimedes studied with the followers of Euclid. Many of
his ideas seem to correspond with the mathematics developed there. This speculation is
much more certain because he sent his results to Alexandria with personal messages. He
considered Conon of Samos, one of the greatest achieving mathematicians at Alexandria,
both for his abilities as a mathematician and he also respected him as a close friend.


Archimedes spent most of his life in Sicily, near Syracuse except for his journeys to
Alexandria. He never held any public office but he was faithful to his lifetime of
research and experiment. At times, Archimedes became so immersed in his work that he
would forget to eat. He used every surface available to do his work on, including oil on
his skin to ashes from a fire. Many of Archimedes’ discoveries were put to the test
during the Roman conquest of Sicily. His mechanical tools and machines were used,
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