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Archimedes was a legend even among the Romans, who were expanding their empire during the great scientist's own lifetime. A Roman soldier has long been blamed for killing Archimedes after taking over Syracuse, but not before Archimedes reportedly helped the island's defenses with ingenious devices that burned Roman ships and even lifted some of them out of the water. The stories are probably apocryphal, but they speak to the man's reputation even among his contemporaries, and Cicero himself went to visit Archimedes' tomb.
It has long been difficult to separate fact from legend in the story of Archimedes' life, from his death to his legendary discovery of how to differentiate gold from fool's gold, but many of his works survived antiquity, and many others were quoted by other ancient writers. As a result, even while his life and death remain topics of debate, his writings and measurements are factually established and well known, and they range on everything from measuring an object's density to measuring circles and parabolas.
Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes chronicles the life, stories, and legacy of the famous Greek mathematician.
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By Florida Mom on 06-14-16
Great info - computer sounding narration
Great information, but the narration sounds so much like a computer, it's distracting. The exact and precise pronunciation and cadence sounds like a computer and you have a hard time believing this was actually read by a human. Distracting.