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Eureka!

According to tradition, Archimedes discovered this first law of hydrostatics while trying to determine if a crown fabricated for King Hiero of Syracuse was solid gold or an alloy of gold and silver. While lowering himself into his bath, Archimedes observed that the water level rose. It struck him that the amount of water displaced equaled the immersed portion of his body. He was so over-come by this discovery that he immediately ran from his bath through the streets toward the royal palace shouting "Eureka!" (I have found it!).

See Also

Calculus.

Bibliography

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive. University of St Andrews. <http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac .uk/~history/Mathematicians.html> ;.

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