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A Short Biography on Archimedes

 Archimedes was aGreek mathematician who flourished in Sicily. He is generally considered to be the greatest mathematician of ancient times. Legend has it that Archimedes discovered his principle of buoyancy, which states that the buoyancy force is equal to the weight of the liquid displaced, while taking a bath, upon which he is supposed to have run naked through the streets of Syracuse shouting "Eureka!" Archimedes' principle of buoyancy states that the buoyant force exerted on a floating body is equal to the weight of the volume of water which isdisplaced by that body. Since the weight of water is about 62 pounds per cubic foot, huge forces result from large displacements, so it becomes understandable how steel ships float. This law or principle is used in determining specific gravity of various substances.