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Archimedes was a famous scientist who laid the foundations of modern day calculus and science. Archimedes was born in the city of Syracuse on the island of Sicily in 287 BC. He was the son of an astronomer and mathematician named Phidias. Other than that, very little is known about the early life of Archimedes or his family. Many believe that he lived in nobility and that his family was in some way related to the King of Syracuse, Hiero II. As time went on he learned as much as he could from his teachers, Archimedes traveled to Egypt in order to study in Alexandria. In 212 BC, during a Roman raid on the city, due to its powerful economic and political power, Archimedes was killed because he aided the Sicilians in battle with many of his inventions and ideas. We are most thankful to him for his mathematical contributions made to the understanding of fundamentals of physicals. He invented the pulley, lever, and the fulcrum, which are still used today. His research into volume and density was important in the development of theories of hydrostatics, or the physics dealing with liquids at rest.

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  • Archimedes was born in Syracuse, Sicily in the colony of Magna Graecia in 287 BC. He was the son of Phidias, a greek astronomer and mathematician, surely laying the base for Archimedes' later discoveries. Not much else is known about Archimedes' family or his early life. A lot of Archimedes' work was destroyed so his early life is widely unknown. 
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  • Archimedes got his education in the learning capital of Alexandria, Egypt. The school that had been created by the well-known, Greek mathematician Euclid. He later returned to his birthplace, city of Syracuse.  
  • I hast' many questions about how things w'rk
  • thee shall learneth to solveth these questions on thy owneth
  • Archimedes made his greatest achievements in geometry. He did work on integral calculus and on pi as well. He also discovered water displacement. Archimedes invented the catapult, Claw of Archimedes, and the Archimedes' screw. Archimedes also created the principle of volume and density. He layed the base for modern day calculus and science
  • “Give me a lever long enough and an fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”
  • He died in his hometown in 212 BC (when he was around 75 yrs old).  Killed by a Roman solder in defense of Syracuse during Rome's quick expansion period. He died respected by scientists of the time, Sicily, and most of the Western World because of his cunning and creativeness on the battlefield, helping hold Sicily with his inventions
  • I hast' done much simply because I hadst questions I did want answered
  • Along with his contributions to mathematics, Archimedes also invented the spiral pump, still widely used for irrigation in many countries. 
  • He also built powerful war machines such as improved catapults, ray cannons that used focused sun beams, and land-based cranes to lift and sink attacking ships.
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