Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Kolesar


Eureka! Eureka! What better way to excite and engage students than to bring Archimedes into the classroom? Archimedes is widely regarded as the greatest mathematician of antiquity. Very little is known about Archimedes’ personal life. Archimedes was born in Syracuse, Sicily around 287 B.C., and he was the son of an astronomer. He probably studied in Alexandria, Egypt under followers of Euclid. Today we know Archimedes as a brilliant mathematician and scientist, he spent much of his career inventing war machines. Despite orders not to harm Archimedes, his life was cut short in 212 B.C. when the Romans invaded Syracuse and killed Archimedes at age 75, more information on the history of Archimedes can be found in the article, Archimedes, by Chris Rorres of New York University. This paper will take a closer look at some of Archimedes’ most brilliant discoveries, and how they can be brought into the classroom. Unlike Plato and other great minds before him, Archimedes solved problems with anything and everything. That type of innovation and outside of the box thinking is exactly the type of skills students will need to succeed in today’s world.

Included in

Mathematics Commons