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Archimedes is considered one of the three greatest mathematicians of all time along with Newton and Gauss In his own time he was known as the wise one the master and the great geometer and his works and inventions brought him fame that lasts to this very day He was one of the last great Greek mathematicians Born in 287 BC in Syracuse a Greek seaport colony in Sicily Archimedes was the son of Phidias an astronomer Except for his studies at Euclids school in Alexandria he spent his entire life in his birthplace Archimedes proved to be a master at mathematics and spent most of his time contemplating new problems to solve becoming at times so involved in his work that he forgot to eat Lacking the blackboards and paper of modern times he used any available surface from the dust on the ground to ashes from an extinguished fire to draw his geometric figures Never giving up an opportunity to ponder his work after bathing and anointing himself with olive oil he would trace figures in the oil on his own skin Much of Archimedes fame comes from his relationship with Hiero the king of Syracuse and Gelon Hieros son The great geometer had a close friendship with and may have been related to the monarch In any case he seemed to make a hobby out of solving the kings most complicated problems to the utter amazement of the sovereign At one time the king ordered a gold crown and gave the goldsmith the exact amount of metal to make it When Hiero received it the crown had the correct weight but the monarch suspected that some silver had been used instead of the gold Since he could not prove it he brought the problem to Archimedes One day while considering the question the wise one entered his bathtub and recognized that the amount of water that overflowed the tub was proportional the
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