Review of "the sand reckoner" by gillian bradshaw.

Suresh, Dakshayini (2015) Review of "the sand reckoner" by gillian bradshaw. At Right Angles, 4 (3). pp. 95-99.

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Archimedes (Syracuse, 287 BC-212 BC) is generally believed to have been the greatest mathematician of antiquity, and certainly one of the three greatest of all time (along with Newton and Gauss). He is probably known best for his articulation of what has come to be known as the Archimedes principle, or rather for the entertaining scene that is said to have ensued upon its discovery. The story goes as follows. Archimedes was asked by King Hieron of Syracuse to determine whether a gold wreath he had commissioned and subsequently received was, in fact, silver. While turning this problem over in his mind, Archimedes chanced to go for a bath, and it struck him, as he bathed, that the volume of water displaced by his being in the bath was equal to the volume of his own body. When he made this discovery, he is said to have run straight out of the bath and his home naked, shouting ‘Eureka, eureka!’ (‘I have found it!’). He used this rule of displacement to determine whether the crown actually was pure and weighed as much as a pure gold object of the same volume.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Suresh, Dakshayini
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Dialogue, facilitation, pedagogy, creativity
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
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