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Archimedes
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Scientist
    (circa 287-circa 212)
    Aristocrat and son of an astronomer
    Studied in Alexandria, Egypt
    Friend of Hiero, the king of Syracuse
    Approximated pi as somewhere between 3.5 and 3.10/71
    Known as 'The Wise One,' 'The Master' and 'The Great Geometer'
    Developed powerful weapons to defend Syracuse against the Roman general Marcellus
    The weapons routed the Roman army; Marcellus retreated, called reinforcements and captured the city during its victory celebration
    Killed by a Roman soldier when he refused to leave his math problem
    Considered one of the greatest mathematicians in history
    He sometimes drew his geometric figures in the dirt.
    When he was absorbed in his work, he sometimes forgot to eat.
    He invented streaking (when he discovered water displacement).
    When his home city of Syracuse was captured, Archimedes was unaware of it and his reaction to the Roman soldier's presence drove him to murder.
    His discoveries in geometry were so advanced for their time that they were not improved on for centuries.
    He invented the pulley, the Archimedes' screw and the planetarium.
    His tombstone showcased one of his greatest achievements, the ratio of volumes between a sphere inscribed inside a cylinder.
    He invented several forms of calculus.

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