Archimedes. 287-212 BC. Greek mathematician, engineer, and physicist.
stand away from my diagram." Supposedly spoken by Archimedes to the
Roman soldier who killed him.
"Eureka! - I have found it!"
"Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth."
"There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied Mathematics."
Perhaps the best indication of what Archimedes truly loved most is his
request that his tombstone include a
cylinder circumscribing a
sphere, accompanied by the
inscription of his amazing theorem
that the sphere is exactly two-thirds of the circumscribing cylinder in
both surface area and volume!" Laubenbacher and Pengelley, p. 95
The works of Archimedes are without exception, monuments of
mathematical exposition; the gradual
revelation of the plan of attack, the masterly ordering of the
propositions, the stern elimination of everything not
immediately relevant to the purpose, the finish of the whole, are so
impressive in their perfection as to create a feeling akin to awe in the
mind of the reader. A History of Greek Mathematics. 1921. Heath, Sir
Thomas L. Heath.