Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics - Archimedes' Determination of Circular Area Summary & Analysis

William Dunham (mathematician)
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Archimedes is born in Syracuse on the island of Sicily in the third century BC. He is not only one of the greatest early mathematicians, he is a prolific inventor and scientist. Contemporary accounts of Archimedes portray him as a stereotypical absent-minded genius, Dunham explains, neglecting his everyday responsibilities as he is lost in thought. Archimedes is traditionally described as meeting his death at the hands of a Roman invader after the fall of Syracuse when he refuses to accompany the soldier until he has finished working out a math problem.

Archimedes' great theorem chosen by Dunham regards the measurement of the area of a circle. That the diameter of a circle is always in the same proportion to its circumference is already known in Archimedes' times. While the Greeks did not use the same terminology, this...

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