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Archimedes, in the third century BC, made important contributions to science, engineering and mathematics, many of them preceding, 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.

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