Name: Archimedes


From: Syrakuse (Sicily)

Son of: Pheidias

    Occupation(s): Astronomer

Dates: 287-212 BC

Brief Biography: His genuine works are not in their original form; e.g. On equilibrium of planes 1 is possibly an excerpt from a larger (lost) work Elements of Mechanics; On sphere and cylinder has been purged of Archimedes' Sicilian-Doric dialect. There are lots of web sites about him; this is a good place to start.



References: M Clagett DSB 1.213-231

There is a good website on Archimedes at Drexel University Dept. Maths and Comp. Sci., here.


T E Rihll

Last modified: 19 March 2008