Archimedes the Geometer

Extending His Tombstone Theorem into the Twenty-First Century
  • Mamikon MnatsakanianEmail author
Part of the Trends in the History of Science book series (TRENDSHISTORYSCIENCE)


Archimedes was a physicist, engineer, mathematician, and astronomer—but above all he was a geometer. He requested that the geometric result he was most proud of—that first revealed the volume and surface area of a sphere—be inscribed on his tombstone. This result is now known as his Tombstone Theorem and here we present a variety of extensions and generalizations of it for the 21st century.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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