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Archimedes is believed to have been born in 287 BC in Syracuse Sicily and died in 212 BC His father was Phidias who was an astronomer We would know more about his life if his biography written by his friend Hercleide had not been lost Archimedes of Syracuse groups The information we have about Archimedes life comes from the writings of Plutarch Livy and others as well as from the prefaces of Archimedes works We know from the writings of Plutarch that he received part of his education at Euclids School in Alexandria Egypt There he was taught internal calculus which included the study of volume Archimedes figured out that the volume of a sphere is two-thirds the volume of a cylinder that circumscribes the sphere Archimedes Life norfacad While studying in Egypt he also invented the Archimedes screw This is a pump that when turned carries water from a lower level to an upper level Archimedes of Syracuse math This pump is still used in many parts of the world and probably similar in operation to hydroelectric turbines that generate electricity today Along with being a famous physicist Archimedes is considered to be one of the three greatest mathematicians of all time along with Newton and Gauss 102 Archimedes shu He is considered to be the greatest mathematician of antiquity and made his greatest contributions in geometry Archimedes of Syracuse math Archimedes literally invented the study of hydrostatics In one particular result he was able to compute the maximum angle that a paraboloid ship could list before it capsized and he did it without calculus Archimedes of Syracuse math A lot of Archimedes fame came from working on projects for his good friend King Hieron Archimedes loved to figure out the Kings problems for him One of the most famous problems Archimedes was to work on was to figure out if the Kings
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