Mighty Archimedes

Archimedes was born about 287 BC to 212 BC in Syracuse, Italy

Notable Quotes:  

"Eureka, Eureka. I have found [it].."

"Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth."  On the lever in Pappus Synagoge

"Do not disturb my circles!" Last words. Sometimes reported as: "Soldier, stand away from my diagram."

Biographical Info

Biographical info  http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Archimedes.html

Glimpses of Genius Article   http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040515/bob9.asp

Archimedes Links   http://www.mcs.drexel.edu/~crorres/Archimedes/contents.html 

Biography written for approximately upper elementary included in AIMS preview of Historical Connections in Mathematics
Note that Pythagoras is at the beginning of the file, scroll down to the Archimedes section

Activities and problem solving from Historical Connections in Mathematics (click on the preview from AIMS site) - Note the Pythagoras materials are at the beginning of the file, scroll down to the Archimedes section

Pi Pages

Archimedes' Method of Exhaustion  http://personal.bgsu.edu/~carother/pi/Pi3a.html

Nova & Archimedes   http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/archimedes/pi.html

The Value of Pi http://mathforum.org/isaac/problems/pi1.html

The Pi Pages   http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/pi/pi.html

Artistic Pi   http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/pi/pideyves.gif

Buffon's Needle (Pi & Probability)   http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/reese/buffon/buffon.html

Archimedes and Large Numbers

Archimedes & Large Numbers  

Sand and Corn Counting   

The Works of Archimedes online (pdf)  http://www.brainfly.net/html/archimed.htm

Archimedes Science Activities

Archimedes Principle Density / Buoyancy 

Foilboat Density Activity   


Archimedes Screw/Hydrostatics  


Other Classical References to Mathematics

Plato's Meno   http://plato.thefreelibrary.com/Meno/2-1-2

Aristophanes The Birds   http://classics.mit.edu/Aristophanes/birds.html

 Advanced Classical Reading: Math in Meno and The Birds