Eureka Man : The Life and Legacy of Archimedes (Hardcover)

Author: Hirshfeld, Alan

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview

Many of us know little more about Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) than that he famously leaped from his bathtub and exclaimed "Eureka!" upon discovering that the spillage of water produced by an immersed object reveals the object's volume. That simple insight speaks to his influence over millennia, for it helped establish the key principles of buoyancy that govern the flotation of everything from boats to balloons.
Archimedes also had a profound impact on the development of mathematics and science, from the value of pi to the size of the universe. Archimedes' reputation during his lifetime swelled to mythic proportions for his feats of engineering, among them the hand-cranked irrigation device commonly known as the Archimedes' screw as well as his ingenious use of levers, pulleys, and ropes to launch, single-handedly, a fully laden ship. Indeed, he is said to have boasted to the Syracusan king Hieron II, "Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth." Later in his life, he applied his keen intellect to military matters, developing fearsome machines of war and defense strategies that successfully held at bay the Roman army, the greatest of all antiquity, when it attacked his home city of Syracuse in 213 B.C.
Eureka Man brings to life the genius and humanity of Archimedes and the drama and complexity of his ancient world, when both civilization and the exploration of nature were in formative stages. Alan Hirshfeld also chronicles the remarkable saga of the Archimedes Palimpsest - the long-lost manuscript rediscovered in the twentieth century that reveals much about Archimedes' thought process and about how his manifold achievements were recorded and spread. Speaking to us across the centuries. It is a reminder that Archimedes' cumulative record of accomplishment places him among the exalted ranks of Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein.


Publisher Walker & Co
Mfg Part# 9780802716187
SKU 211294857
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0802716180
Release Date 9/1/2009
Product Attributes
eBooks Kobo
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0242
Publisher Walker & Company
$0.05 + $3.99 shipping
$26.00 You save $25.95 (99%)
Rakuten Super Points Earn 1 ($0.01) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Get this item for
(price with shipping)
(redeem points)
Format: Hardcover
Condition: Used-Very Good
In Stock. Usually Ships in 1 to 2 business days
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

Sold By:  Discover Books
What is a Marketplace and Shop Owner?
  • Our marketplace is a platform where approved third-party retailers (Shop Owners) can sell their products
  • Items are sold and shipped by Shop Owners
  • Your credit card and personal information remain secure; meets all PCI Security Standards.
  • Purchases can only be returned to the Shop Owner
  • All purchases receive Rakuten Super Points™
Buy From Other Sellers (1)
  • Take your library with you wherever you go
  • Use the device you want to use… smartphone, desktop and many of today’s most popular eReaders


We love the Kobo eReading service… and we know you will too. We’ve partnered with them to bring you the most flexible, enjoyable eReading experience in the U.S.


You’ll be asked to sign in or create a new account with Kobo. Once you do, you’ll immediately get access to millions of titles and be ready to start eReading. Anytime. Anyplace.

continue to kobo