My teacher, Dr. Bradly Fish, said “No study of the mathematicians and scientists would  be complete without Archimedes.”  Arcimedes was well known and very much recognized for his achievements.  He was born in Syracuse on the island of Sicily 287-212BC.

One day he wanted to count the sand.  He wanted to figure out how many grains of sand would fill the universe.  First he figured out how many grains of sand could make up a poppy seed, Then how many poppy seeds would make up a mans finger, then how many fingers could fit in a stadium.  He kept on going with bigger things.  Then he got it.  He estimated the count to be ten to the 63rd power.  That’s ten times ten 63 times, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

He also invented the water screw to help farmers irrigate their fields better.  It was made to get water from a river if the side was to steep to walk down.

Archimedes water screw

When Archimedes died, Sicily was under attack from Rome.  As he was  being held captive by a soldier, he was trying to finish a math problem but the soldier got inpatient and killed Archimedes.  Then the men had to subtract another life from the world. 😦

I  think it is pretty cool that we can learn form ancient philosophers, mathematicians and scientists and still use what they figured out back in their day.


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