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'Noli turbare circulos meos...Do not disturb my circles!'
Archimedes of Syracuse


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story by Ayko...Willy Luke Muschiol based on the life and times of the first great mathematician and scientist of humanity, Archimedes of Syracuse, who proposed modern calculus and analysis by applying concepts of infinitesimals and the ‘method of exhaustion’ to prove many geometry theories including the area of a circle, the surface area and volume of a sphere, and the area under a parabola as well as giving us an accurate approximation of pi, defining and investigating the spiral, and creating a system using exponentiation for expressing very large numbers. He was also one of the first to apply mathematics to physical phenomena, founding hydrostatics and statics, including an explanation of the principle of the lever. He is credited with designing innovative machines, such as his screw pump, compound pulleys, and defensive war machines to protect his native Syracuse from invasion.

The Sand Reckoner is a written work by Archimedes in which he set out to determine the maximum number of grains of sand that fit into the universe. To do this, he had to estimate the size of the universe according to the contemporary model and invent a way to talk about extremely large numbers. It is the first research-expository paper.

Archimedes died in 212 B.C. during the Second Punic War when Roman forces under General Marcus Claudius Marcellus captured the city of Syracuse after a two-year-long siege. According to one biographer, Plutarch, Archimedes was contemplating a mathematical diagram when the city was captured. The last words attributed to Archimedes are, 'Do not disturb my circles!', a reference to the circles in the mathematical design that he was studying when disturbed by a Roman soldier.

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