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Mr. Archimedes' Bath.
Allen, Pamela. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1980.
Introduces buoyancy by telling a story about Archimedes taking a bath with his friends. For children.

Tell Me How Ships Float.
Willis, Shirley. New York, NY: Scholastic Library Publishing, 2000.
Explores floating and sinking and Archimedes' principle of buoyancy with simple experiments. For children.

Archimedes of Syracuse
www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Archimedes.html
Provides a biography of Archimedes, mostly told in the words of Plutarch, a historian who lived in Greece in about A.D. 100. Provides a hands-on buoyancy activity. For all ages.

Simple Machines

Most early inventions were based on simple machines-tools that make work easier. Simple machines help us lift things, pull things, split things, fasten things, and cut things. There are six basic simple machines: the lever, the wedge, the pulley, the wheel and axle, the inclined plane, and the screw. Archimedes used combinations of these machines to create such devices as Archimedes' Claw, a catapult, and Archimedes' Screw. If you look around your home, school, and town, you will discover many other machines and devices that are versions of the six simple machines.

 Contemplating Infinity Philosophically, the concept remains a mind-bender. Working with Infinity Mathematicians have become increasingly comfortable with the concept. Great Surviving Manuscripts Ancient documents offer a tantalizing glimpse of lost cultures. The Archimedes Palimpsest Follow the 1,000-year-long journey of the Archimedes manuscript. Approximating Pi See Archimedes' geometrical approach to estimating pi.

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