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Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes

By Alan Hirschfeld '73
Published in the November 18, 2009, issue

(Walter and Company)

In this biography of the famous mathematician and scientist, the author explores what influenced Archimedes’ genius and describes his major discoveries in math and applied science, from calculating pi to developing the beginnings of calculus and a hand-cranked irrigation device. The second part of the book chronicles the saga of the so-called Archimedes Palimpsest, a long-lost manuscript rediscovered in the 20th century. Hirshfeld is a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

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