Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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  • Ilan Vardi
Reference work entry

BornSyracuse, (Sicily, Italy), 287 BCE

Died Syracuse, ( Sicily, Italy), 212 BCE
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Selected References

  1. Archimedes (1953). The Works of Archimedes, edited by Sir Thomas L. Heath. New York: Dover. (Unabridged reissue of the 1897 edition.) (The foremost English translation of Archimedes’s works, edited in modern notation. Heath decided that, due to the high standard of Archimedes’s works, he would present the paper in modern notation so as to most clearly communicate the ideas of Archimedes. More faithful literal translations of his works are harder to find in English, though available in French, e. g., the books of Mugler.)Google Scholar
  2. — (1970–1972). Archimède, edited by Charles Mugler. 4 Vols. Paris: Les Belles Lettres. (Translation is based on the edited Greek texts of J. L. Heiberg.)Google Scholar
  3. — (1972–1975). Archimedis opera omnia, edited by J. L. Heiberg, with additional corrections by E.S. Stamatis. 4 Vols. Stuttgart: B. G. Teubner. (Reprint of 1910–1915 Leipzig edition.)Google Scholar
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  5. Dijksterhuis, E. J. (1987). Archimedes, translated by C. Dikshoorn, with a new bibliographic essay by Wilbur R. Knorr. Princeton New Jersey: Princeton University Press. (An excellent account of the life of Archimedes as well as an explanation of his major results.)Google Scholar
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  9. Shapiro, Alan E. (1975). “Archimedes’s Measurement of the Sun’s Apparent Diameter.” Journal for the History of Astronomy 6: 75–83.ADSMathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Vardi, Ilan (1998). “Archimedes’ Cattle Problem.” American Mathematical Monthly 105: 305–319.MathSciNetMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilan Vardi
    • 1
  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA