21 Famous Archimedes Quotes

21 Famous Archimedes Quotes

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Archimedes was an Ancient Greek physicist, inventor, and astronomer. He was born in 287 BC and very few details of his life are known. He predicted modern calculus and analysis by using concepts of infinitesimals and the method of exhaustion. He was able to develop a formula for the are of a circle and surface area. He died in 212 BC around the age of 75.

“Any solid lighter than a fluid will, if placed in the fluid, be so far immersed that the weight of the solid will be equal to the weight of the fluid displaced.”

certain things first became clear to me by a mechanical method, although they had to be demonstrated by geometry afterwards… But it is of course easier, when we have previously acquired,
by the method, some knowledge of the questions, to supply the proof than it is to find it without any previous knowledge.”

“Do not disturb my circles!”

“Equal weights at equal distances are in equilibrium and equal weights at unequal distances are not in equilibrium but incline towards the weight which is at the greater distance.”

“Eureka! – I have found it!”

“Give me a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth.”

“Give me a lever and a place to stand and 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.”

“Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world.”

“Give me a stick long enough and a pivot and I shall move the world.”

“Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth.”

“How many theorems in geometry which have seemed at first impracticable are in time successfully worked out!”

“I have found it! or I have got it!”

“If thou art able, O stranger, to find out all these things and gather them together in your mind, giving all the relations, thou shalt depart crowned with glory and knowing that thou hast
been adjudged perfect in this species of wisdom.”

“It follows at once from the last proposition that the centre of gravity of any triangle is at the intersection of the lines drawn from any two angles to the middle points of the opposite
sides respectively.”

“Mathematics reveals its secrets only to those who approach it with pure love, for its own beauty.”

“The centre of gravity of any cylinder is the point of bisection of the axis.”

“The centre of gravity of any parallelogram lies on the straight line joining the middle points of opposite sides.”

“The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.”

“Those who claim to discover everything but produce no proofs of the same may be confuted as having actually pretended to discover the impossible.”

“Two magnitudes whether commensurable or incommensurable, balance at distances reciprocally proportional to the magnitudes.”