History

Archimedes

Archimedes may be the world’s most famous fluid mechanician. The story of his discovery of the principles of buoyancy (and his subsequent running naked through the streets proclaiming “Eureka!”) is classic. His other famous fluid-related invention is the Archimedes screw, a type of pump still used today in applications from moving granular flows to maintaining blood flow in heart patients. Scientific American is currently featuring a book excerpt about Archimedes and his contributions to physics and math. It’s well-worth a read. #

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