On these Drexel University pages you will find a broad introduction to the life and work of Archimedes. Scroll through a timeline of his life and read basic descriptions of his most important experiments. The site also offers lists of related books and links.
Archimedes and the Computation of Pi
To learn more about how Archimedes calculated pi, visit University of Utah math professor Peter Alfred's popular site. Alfred presents an interactive tutorial on the concept of pi, a brief essay, and a list of related links that he updates regularly.
Archimedes of Syracuse: The Father of Buoyancy
Archimedes' definition of the principle of buoyancy was one of his most famous contributions to science. At this Utah State University engineering program page, find out more about how the ancient Greek mathematician experimented with buoyancy and what conclusions he came to.
The Walters Art Museum: Archimedes
The Walters Art Museum, which currently houses the Archimedes palimpsest, has prepared an extensive Web site geared towards teaching viewers all about the importance of ancient manuscripts.
Counting to Infinity
Infinity is not easy to think about, but this site offers some fun activities that may help you some of the way towards understanding this difficult concept.
The British Library
The Codex Sinaiticus, Gutenburg Bible, and the International Dunhuang project, all of which appear in Great Surviving Manuscripts, are based in the British Library in London, whose Web site is chock-full of information on these and other treasures.
Note: Few books are entirely devoted to Archimedes. To read more about his life and work, look for books on great Greek mathematicians or great minds through history. There are also several scholarly editions of Archimedes' writings in publication.
by Gillian Bradshaw. New York: St. Martin's, 2000.
Codices Illustres: The World's Most Famous Manuscripts
by Ingo F. Walther. New York: Taschen, 2001.
To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite
by Eli Maor. Boston: Birkäuser Boston, 1987.
Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite
by Rudy Rucker. Boston: Birkäuser Boston, 1982.
The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics
by Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
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