Infinite Secrets - The Genius of Archimedes

Everyone knows Archimedes as the guy who ran naked through the streets of Syracuse exclaiming Eureka!, Eureka! after having discovered the relationship between an object's density, its volume and the amount of water it would display when submerged. He is also well known for the legendary fear he instilled in the Roman armies with the war machines he designed for the protection of Syracuse, through the clever use of pulleys and levers... and maybe even a death ray!

Did you know, however, that these are minor accomplishments for Archimedes? Truly a man way ahead of his time, Archimedes seems to have been the first person in history not only to calculate the area under a curve -a feat that would not be matched for almost two thousand years- but to actually propose a method to sum up an infinite series in order to successfully calculate such areas.

For centuries, it was thought that his masterpiece, The Method, had been irretrievably lost, until it was rediscovered in 1906 in the form of a palimpsest -the result of a monk who had washed the original work of mathematical genius so that religious prayers could be written (damn religion!). Thanks to the aid of modern technology, however, Archimedes' Method is slowly being deciphered, revealing the true genius of the famous streaker.

I bet you didn't think you were going to watch some hot mathematician nudity, did you? :)
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