Exhibition "Archimedes: the art and science of the inventor" in Rome


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Archimedesgreat mathematician, physicist and inventor in the past, he is now the protagonist at the inauguration of one of the exhibitions held in Rome in which modern applications of his discoveries can be observed.

Forerunner of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, until now there had been no exhibition in his honor so at this time under the name of “Archimedes: science and art of invention”Will be shown at the Capitoline Museums on Fridays and running until January 12. After Rome, this exhibition is scheduled to travel to Germany and possibly China, Japan and some Arab countries.

The exhibition has been made possible in large part by the archaeological collections of the Paolo Orsi Museum of Syracuse, in Sicily, through which the splendor of the city in the third century BC is shown, placing the Archimedes in the context of Mediterranean culture and showing his contacts with Alexandria.

Archimedes was one of the main collaborators of the king Hiero II, king of Syracuse. Among his inventions is the screw pump that is still used today in tasks such as crop irrigation, the water clock, the theory of the lever for lifting heavy weights and, most famously, the method of calculating the mass of objects based on water displacement.

This latest discovery had its origin when the king asked him about the amount of gold that his crown had, Archimedes, not very enthusiastic at first, while taking a bath he realized that he could calculate it by the amount of water that was displaced.

During a siege, between 215 and 212 BC, on Syracuse by the Romans, Archimedes perfected the use of catapults and made use of the "burning mirrors"Which by means of the reflection of the rays of the sun is said that they ignited the Roman fleet.

Although Archimedes died assassinated by a Roman soldier, his history lived through the ages thanks to Emperor Marcellus and to writings of architect Vitruvius and the historian Plutarch, discovered later in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance and serving as a basis in the work of Galileo Galilei and Leonardo Da Vinci.

The exhibition is divided into eight parts, during which the visitor may be surprised with videos of some of his experiments. Finally, the exhibition comes to an end in a room where visitors can test the machines of their discoveries.

I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for that… History.

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