The Mathematical Intelligencer

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 32–42 | Cite as

Completing Book II of Archimedes’s On Floating Bodies

  • Chris Rorres


One need only glance at Archimedes’s Proposition 8 above to see thatOn Floating Bodies is several orders of magnitude more sophisticated than anything else found in ancient mathematics. It ranks with Newton’sPrincipia Mathematica as a work in which basic physical laws are both formulated and accompanied by superb applications.


Relative Density Tilt Angle Asymptotically Stable Mathematical Intelligencer Pitchfork Bifurcation 
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  1. 1.New Bolton CenterUniversity of PennsylvaniaKennett SquareUSA

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