An illustration of Archimedes.

## Archimedes

287?-212 ; Gr. mathematician & inventor, born in Syracuse (Sicily)

*Related Forms:*

- Archimedean
adjective

## Archimedes

287?–212 BC.

Greek mathematician, engineer, and physicist. Among the most important intellectual figures of antiquity, he discovered formulas for the area and volume of various geometric figures, applied geometry to hydrostatics and mechanics, devised numerous ingenious mechanisms, such as the Archimedean screw, and discovered the principle of buoyancy.

*Related Forms:*

**Ar′chi·me′de·an**adjective

## Archimedes

Proper noun

- An ancient Greek mathematician, physicist and engineer
- (astronomy) A large lunar impact crater on the eastern edges of the Mare Imbrium

Origin

Ancient Greek *Ἀρχιμήδης* (Arkhimēdēs).