Archimedes, in the third century BC, made important contributions to science, engineering and mathematics, many of them preceeding, by hundreds of years, their being fully understood.
Most of us are familiar with the “Eureka” story but he did much more than that.
We shall look at a variety of the stories associated with him including his astronomy, his practical engineering projects and how he nearly invented calculus approximately two thousand years before Newton and Leibnitz. We shall see that the wide variety of his work really does mean that he was a genius.
Alan Davies is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire where he was Head of Department until his retirement. Since then he has spent most of his time working with school pupils, both primary and secondary, and presenting mathematics and science to general audiences of all ages.
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