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The Great Archimedes

By Mario Geymonat Translated by R. Alden Smith

The Great Archimedes
Paperback, 125 pages $24.95
Published: 15th January 2011
ISBN: 9781602583115
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Subjects: All Classics

In this exclusive English edition of the elucidating and award-winning investigation of Archimedes’ life, Mario Geymonat provides fresh insights into one of the greatest minds in the history of humankind. Archimedes (ca 287 BCE–ca 212 BCE) was a mathematician, physicist, scientist, and engineer. Born in Syracuse, Sicily, the Greek Archimedes was an inventor par excellence. He not only explored the displacement of water and sand, worked out the principle of levers, developed an approximation of pi, discovered ways to determine the areas and volumes of solids, and invented the monumental Archimedes’ screw (a machine for raising water), Archimedes also developed machinery that his fellow Syracusans successfully employed to defend their native city against the Romans. The Great Archimedes is already a highly acclaimed telling of the life and mind of one of antiquity’s most important and innovative thinkers, and, now in translation, it is sure to be cherished by experts and novices alike across the English-speaking world. This wonderfully illustrated and multifarious book is enriched by numerous quotations and testimonies from ancient sources.

Foreword by Zhores Alferov

Preface by Luciano Canfora

Translator’s Preface by R. Alden Smith

1. The Adventurous Life of a Remarkable Scientist

2. The Mysterious Greek Letter

3. “Give Me a Lever Long Enough and I Will Move the World”

4. Eureka!

5. Archimedes’ Magnum Opus: On the Sphere and the Cylinder

6. How Many Grains of Sand Does It Take to Fill the Universe?

7. Archimedes as Civil and Military Engineer

8. An Original and Persuasive Method

9. Archimedes and the Poets Catullus, Horace, and Virgil

10. The “Myth” of Archimedes, Yesterday and Today

"Italian scholar Geymonat provides an interesting, brief account of the life and importance of Archimedes in this translated work. . . . Geymonat includes some unexpected gems. . . . Fun read overall! Recommended. Academic, general, and professional audiences. All levels."

—Choice, August 2011

"Archimedes was undoubtedly one of the most generous, original, and prolific scientists of all human history. . . . Written with amiable simplicity but also exemplary clarity and competence by Mario Geymonat, and enriched with a series of considerable illustrations, this book represents an important contribution to the popularization of this great protagonist of our history and science. Thanks to this work, Archimedes—distant though he is—will continue to be an example for new generations, stimulating interest in the complex and difficult scientific questions of today."

—from the preface by Zhores I. Alferov, Winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physics

"... a delightful and richly illustrated biography of the great mathematician Archimedes.... This publication makes Geymonat's interesting work available to the international public, acknowledging his praiseworthy objective of offering an excellent example of high-level scientific popularization."

Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2012.01.14)

Mario Geymonat, a world-class scholar of antiquity, has taught at the University of Ca'Foscari of Venice and at the universtities of Milan, Calabria, and Siena. In its original publication in Italian, The Great Archimedes was awarded the Corrado Alvaro award for Italian literary excellence.

R. Alden Smith is Professor of Classics and Associate Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. 

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 125 pages
 8.5in x 5.5in

  HIS002000, HIS002010
 Baylor University Press

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