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Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes, January 23, 2011

Alan Hirshfeld
Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Sunday, January 23, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

The millennia since Archimedes lived seem to fade away in Alan Hirshfeld's telling of his story. Archimedes was acknowledged as brilliant by his third century B.C. peers. Today, his mathematical understanding of basics, such as buoyancy, levers, and screws, is taken for granted, but still applied. Professor Hirshfeld shows the relationship between sensational feats credited to Archimedes in the ancient world, and modern marvels, such as mechanical cardiac assist systems or wastewater treatment plants.

Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes will be available for purchase and autograph.

Alan Hirshfeld is Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and an Associate of the Harvard College Observatory. He is also the author of The Electric Life of Michael Faraday and Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos.

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