The Eureka Moment of Archimedes

Bronze statue of Archimedes in Berlin

A man running naked through the streets shouting “Eureka!” was not a common sight in ancient Syracuse. The story tells us that the man was Archimedes, the greatest scientist of antiquity and probably one of the greatest in all history. Archimedes had just solved a problem that had occupied him for some time. The problem was to determine the gold purity of a royal crown which had been commissioned by King Hiero. The King was…

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