Archimedes in the 21st Century

Proceedings of a World Conference at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

  • Chris Rorres

Part of the Trends in the History of Science book series (TRENDSHISTORYSCIENCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Moshe Kam
    Pages 1-19
  3. Larrie D. Ferreiro
    Pages 21-39
  4. Mamikon Mnatsakanian
    Pages 41-61
  5. Chris Rorres
    Pages 63-76
  6. Horst Nowacki
    Pages 77-112
  7. Dirk M. Nuernbergk
    Pages 113-124
  8. Michael T. Wright
    Pages 125-141
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 153-160

About this book


This book is a collection of papers presented at the “Archimedes in the 21st Century” world conference, held at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 2013. This conference focused on the enduring and continuing influence of Archimedes in our modern world, celebrating his centuries of influence on mathematics, science, and engineering. 

Archimedes planted the seeds for a myriad of seminal ideas that would grow over the ages. Each chapter surveys the growth of one or more of these seeds, and the fruit that they continue to bear to this day. The conference speakers contributing to this book are actively involved in STEM fields whose origins trace back to Archimedes, many of whom have conducted and published research that extends Archimedes’ work into the 21st century. The speakers are not historians, so while historical context is provided, this book is uniquely focused on the works themselves as opposed to their history.  

The breadth and depth of Archimedes’ influence will inspire, delight, and even surprise readers from a variety of fields and interests including historians, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. Only a modest background in math is required to read this book, making it accessible to curious readers of all ages. 


History of Mathematics Archimedes 21st Century Engineering Archimedean Principles Archimedes screw Archimedes sphere Planetarium Tombstone theorem Stomachion Military engineering Ship design Ship stability

Editors and affiliations

  • Chris Rorres
    • 1
  1. 1.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-58058-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-58059-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2297-2951
  • Series Online ISSN 2297-296X
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