## What did Archimedes of Syracuse discover?

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Archimedes found that the volume of a sphere is two-thirds the volume of a cylinder that encloses it. He also discovered a law of buoyancy, Archimedes’ principle, that says a body in a fluid is acted on by an upward force equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces.

**Did Archimedes death ray work?**

He invented a weapon, called the Archimedes Claw, that helped protect the city. But there are legends that he designed another weapon that raised fear in the hearts of the Romans: his Death Ray. Archimedes’ Death Ray worked by focusing the sun’s rays using a series of mirrors.

**What did Archimedes design defend Syracuse?**

The Claw of Archimedes (Ancient Greek: Ἁρπάγη, romanized: harpágē, lit. ‘snatcher’; also known as the “iron hand”) was an ancient weapon devised by Archimedes to defend the seaward portion of Syracuse’s city wall against amphibious assault.

### Did Archimedes invent pi?

The first calculation of π was done by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world.

**Why was the Archimedes screw invented?**

The king requested that Archimedes build the biggest ship possible. This ship proved to be leaky, and Archimedes had to invent a device to remove water from it. So he designed what we now call the Archimedes screw. It was very effective because it got rid of the water and only required one person to operate it.

**What is written on Archimedes tomb?**

As the famous proverb goes: “Every lie in the long run becomes truth” and who knows if in a hundred years this false historical fact, which is only used to enchant the tourists, may not in the end become the “true” tomb of Archimedes!

#### Was Archimedes laser real?

Archemedes’ burning mirror, a device that was thought to concentrate the sun’s rays into a laser beam that repelled an invading Roman fleet in 212 BC, was more likely a steam cannon, new research suggests.

**What was Archimedes last words?**

That time, Archimedes was at his home trying to solve a complex mathematical problem. When the Roman soldier got into the house and raised his sword to kill him, the last words of Archimedes were Do not disturb my circles, referring to the circles in the mathematical drawing he had made.

**What are Archimedes weapons?**

The Claw of Archimedes Roman sources refer to iron claws and beaks that attacked their ships from the walls. Historians call this weapon the Claw of Archimedes. We are unsure what its exact appearance was like but it is described as a sort of crane with a grappling hook attached.

## Did Archimedes Invent catapult?

Archimedes was also a talented inventor, having created such devices as the catapult, the compound pulley, and a system of burning mirrors that was used in battle to focus the sun’s rays on enemies’ ships.

**Is there a 666 in pi?**

The sum of the first 144 (= (6+6)·(6+6)) digits of pi is 666.

**What did Archimedes do for Syracuse?**

He was the son of the astronomer Phidias and was close to King Hieron and his son Gelon, for whom he served for many years. He was an accomplished engineer but loved pure mathematics. Stories from Plutarch, Livy, and others describe machines invented by Archimedes for the defense of Syracuse.

### Where did Archimedes live in ancient Greece?

Archimedes was born c. 287 BC in the seaport city of Syracuse, Sicily, at that time a self-governing colony in Magna Graecia. The date of birth is based on a statement by the Byzantine Greek historian John Tzetzes that Archimedes lived for 75 years before his death in 212 BC.

**How did Archimedes die?**

Archimedes was killed during the capture of Syracuse by the Romans in the Second Punic War.

**What was Archimedes’attitude towards science?**

It is amazing that for a long time Archimedes’ attitude towards the applications of science was deduced from the acritical acceptance of the opinion of Plutarch: a polygraph who lived centuries later, in a cultural climate that was completely different, certainly could not have known the intimate thoughts of the scientist.