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Archimedes was a mathematician, but he was so much more. He is known for his opulent contributions to the fields of mathematics, geometry, physics, and hydrostatics. To illustrate Archimedes’s genius you can simply take a look at some of his inventions.
Archimedes was a mastermind of mathematics. One of his biggest accomplishments is approximating pi, he did this by utilizing the technique known as the method of exhaustion. His approximation is still used today. He also proved that the area of a circle was equal to pi multiplied by the square of the radius of the circle. He also discovered what is called Archimedes Principle, a principle relating buoyancy to displacement. He considered his most important discoveries his discoveries on the sphere and cylinder. He realized that the ...view middle of the document...

He created scientific notation and it is believed that he was actually the first to have invented integral calculus, 2000 years before Newton and Leibniz.
To document his multitude of findings Archimedes wrote many books. Which include On Plane Equilibria or Centres of Gravity of Planes, On the Sphere and the Cylinder, On Spirals, On Floating Bodies, Sandreckoner, Method, On Conoids and Spheroids, A Collection of Lemmas, The Quadrature of Parabola, and The Measurement of the Circle. The most famous of his works is the Method, this book was the last of his written works before he died at the hands of a Roman soldier around 212B.C. It was lost for years because in the twelfth century it was unbound, scraped, and washed. The parchment leaves had been folded in half and reused for a Christian liturgical. The removal was incomplete, and Archimedes' work is now readable after scientific and scholarly work from 1998 to 2008. They used digital processing of images produced by UV, infrared, visible and raking light, and x-ray.
Archimedes is famous for saying, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world”, but he didn’t need a lever, Archimedes managed to move the world with his ideas and innovations.

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