The methods of Archimedes

Manjunath, Amrutha (2015) The methods of Archimedes. At Right Angles, 4 (3). pp. 7-15.

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Elsewhere in this issue is a review of The Sand Reckoner by Gillian Bradshaw. That review and this article are dedicated to one of the most celebrated mathematicians in the world. Archimedes is perhaps most famous for the discovery of the Archimedes principle and the invention of levers, pulleys, pumps, military innovations (like the siege engines) and the Archimedean Screw. His mathematical contributions include approximations of ππππ and √3 accurate to several decimal places, proof of the quadrature of the parabola, formula for the area of a circle, and formulae of surface areas and volumes of several solid shapes. In this article, I have focused on two techniques (called Archimedes’ Methods) by which he arrived at the formula of the volume of a sphere.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Manjunath, Amrutha
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Archimedes, Volume, Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Method of exhaustion, Equilibrium, Lever
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
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