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Archimedes

Greek Mathematician and Inventor 287 B.C.E.–212 B.C.E.

Archimedes was the greatest mathematician of the ancient world and one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was born in the Greek city of Syracuse on the island of Sicily. As a young man, Archimedes studied with successors of Euclid at Alexandria, Egypt. He returned to Syracuse after his studies and spent the rest of his life there.

Although more commonly used to lift water, this Archimedes screw is moving plastics through a recycling plant. Although more commonly used to lift water, this Archimedes screw is moving plastics through a recycling plant.

Archimedes is famous for his practical applications of mathematics. During his time in Egypt, Archimedes invented a device now known as the Archimedean screw. This device is still employed in many parts of the world to pump water for irrigation. A short time later, he invented the double pulley, which was used by merchants to haul boats out of water...

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