The Eureka Moment

“Eureka! – I have found it!” Archimedes   I have often wondered about Eureka moments, sometimes known as an epiphany, which incidentally comes to us from the ancient Greeks, signifying a manifestation or striking appearance.   In the past, it was considered an insight given by the divine, or the supernatural, whereas today, it has lost…

The Library That Was

“To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero The ancients knew that to receive a proper education, they must travel to Alexandria, the celebrated city newly founded by none other than Alexander the Great in 331 BCE.  Alexander’s military genius was felt in every part of…

A Legacy

“Don’t disturb my circles!”  Archimedes Rome wanted control of Syracuse, Sicily for strategic purposes.  Archimedes was an old man; some suggest nearing 80, when Roman ships closed in on his city in 212 B.C.  Even as Syracuse was being besieged, Archimedes continued inventing all kinds of clever contraptions to keep the enemy at bay.  But…

Eureka

“Any object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.” Archimedes King Heiron had another problem.  Who else should he turn to but his old friend, Archimedes, who recently helped him out of a rather embarrassing situation involving the…

I Will Move The Earth

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” Archimedes The Syracusia, a luxurious ship weighing in at 4,064 tons, sat uselessly on shore, a beached monstrosity. “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall…