Archimedes of Syracuse (Greek, c. 287 BC - c. 212 BC) was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, andastronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. Among his advances in physics are the foundations of hydrostatics, statics and an explanation of the principle of the lever. He is credited with designing innovative machines, including siege engines and the screw pump that bears his name. Modern experiments have tested claims that Archimedes designe d machines capable of lifting attacking ships out of the water and setting ships on fire using an array of mirrors. (from

Infinite Secrets of Archimedes

A documentary film about a battered Archimedes manuscript: This is the story of a book that could have changed the history of the World. To the untrained eye, it is nothing more than a small and unassuming Byzantine prayer book, yet it sold at Christies for over $2m. For faintly visible beneath the prayers on its pages are other, unique, writings - words that have been lost for nearly two thousand years.

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The Works of Archimedes
Author: Archimedes; Thomas Little Heath, 1861-1940. Subject: Mathematics, Greek; Geometry; Mechanics. Publisher: Cambridge, University Press. Book contributor: Wellesley College Library.
The Method of Archimedes, recently discovered by Heiberg
Author: Archimedes; Thomas Little Heath, 1861-1940. Subject: Geometry; Mathematics, Greek; Mechanics. Publisher: Cambridge, University press. Book contributor: Boston College Libraries.
Author: Thomas Little Heath, 1861-1940. Subject: Archimedes. Publisher: London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; New York, Macmillan. Book from the collections of: University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Geometrical Solutions Derived from Mechanics: A Treatise by Archimedes
Author: Archimedes. Publisher: Chicago: the Open Court Publishing Company. Language: English. Book contributor: University of California Berkeley.