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Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes
 
 
Author
Alan Hirshfeld.
Publisher Walker  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780802716187
Pages/Publication Date 243/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31889
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"Alan Hirshfeld [cuts] through the centuries of hype surrounding this ancient genius. Against the vivid backdrop of a city under Roman siege, we're told what little is known of the life of Archimedes, and of the futuristic war machines he invented at his king's behest, which for years kept the invaders at bay. Hirshfeld explains Archimedes's mathematical achievements, from calculating pi to developing the beginnings of calculus, and traces the survival of key copies of his work through history as poetically as if they were travellers sailing to port over a stormy sea. A charming introduction to the life and legacy of an extraordinary man."—New Scientist

"For this account of one of antiquity's most renowned mathematicians, Hirshfeld combines three elements: a biography, accessible presentations of several mathematical proofs, and a narrative of the recent recovery of long-lost texts. The last, detailed in The Archimedes Codex by Reviel Netz and William Noel, loses no intellectual drama in Hirshfeld's briefer treatment, and his work's clarity in the biography and math departments confirms the facility for popular science that Hirshfeld displayed in Parallax and The Electric Life of Michael Faraday.... And whether or not a naked Archimedes really ran around yelling 'Eureka,' the story's too good, among others, to omit from Hirshfeld's fine portrayal."—Booklist

 
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