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The Sand Reckoner Read & Download ñ 104 Ç The young scholar Archimedes has just had the best three years of his life at Ptolemy's Museum at Alexandria To be able to talk and think all day every day sharing ideas and information with the world's greatest minds is heaven to Archimedes But heaven must be forsaken when he learns that his father The young scholar Archimedes has just had the best three years of his life at Ptolemy's Museum at Alexandria To be able to talk and think all day every day sharing ideas and information with the world's greatest minds is heaven to Archimedes B. Among Bradshaw's best books Another of those re read pleased to recommend favoritesHer portrayal of young genius in easily seen settinghttpsenwikipediaorgwikiArchimedes

The Sand ReckonerThe young scholar Archimedes has just had the best three years of his life at Ptolemy's Museum at Alexandria To be able to talk and think all day every day sharing ideas and information with the world's greatest minds is heaven to Archimedes B. Among Bradshaw's best books Another of those re read pleased to recommend favoritesHer portrayal of young genius in easily seen settinghttpsenwikipediaorgwikiArchimedes

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The Sand Reckoner ¿ E is no Alexandria Archimedes also finds that life at home isn't as boring or confining as he originally thought He finds fame and loss love and war wealth and betrayal none of which affects him nearly as much as the divine beauty of mathemati. This was a fascinating book both for the story and for the historical aspect I had known nothing about Archimedes before I read this book although I vaguely knew that he had something to do with math and science Very involving even if one isn't really into history but especially if one is Incidentally I've liked all of her books that I've read Download º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Gillian Bradshaw

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Gillian Bradshaw  4 Read & Download Ut heaven must be forsaken when he learns that his father is ailing and his home city of Syracuse is at war with the RomansReluctant but resigned Archimedes takes himself home to find a job building catapults as a royal engineer Though Syracus. Plot 10 always interesting with eventual momentumCharacters 10 lovable and distinctiveAccuracy 8 strong research is undermined by moral preconceptionsThis book is a charmingly eccentric account of Aristotle here presented as a highly decent man who falls on a spectrum somewhere between distracted physics professor and a high functioning autistic The novel is set during the siege of Syracuse not the famous siege of 212 where Archimedes died but the earlier one of 263 and details a young Archimedes’ rise to become the chief war engineer of Hiero’s Syracusan regime Naturally as the distracted professor type Archimedes is less interested in his personal advancement than in exploring excited new ideas in mathmatics At best his work is an exciting chance to demonstrate those principlesI don't know how accurate this highly idealistic account of Archimedes is About the only facts that we're given about his personality do suggest a man easily lost in his own world The famous “Eureka” moment saw him running outside naked in his excitement at having solved a problem involving the calculation of density Roman sources say he was killed because he got angry at a Roman sacking the city for “disturbing his circles” Clearly he had a reputation as a bit of a madman The depiction given here doesn’t hide from that in the slightest One of the most amusing parts of his journey is his gradually coming to realize that he’s actually the most brilliant engineer in the world a fact that takes him completely by surprise since he’d thought he was doing something uite easyThe other lead character is the fictional character of his slave Marcus Marcus is a Roman or rather was a Roman before his murky capture and hidden origin Marcus provides us with the outsider perspective we need to truly understand the distant Archimedes He’s also there to bring a divided loyaltiesoutsider perspective to the whole piece His personal story is also probably the weakest part of the book While Archimedes’ abstract uest in his own little world is isolated enough to not get into the realities of ancient Greek life Marcus is suare at the center of them Bradshaw’s not ignorant of the darkness in Greek society but she does maintain a humanistic view of the world that just doesn’t match Marcus’ story starts off well capturing what it feels like to be an unfree man in a Greek polis but gets increasingly absurd as it nears its conclusion I won’t spoil what that is exactly but let’s just say that the Greeks did not tolerate slaves who placed the lives of all citizens in danger If Archimedes could ignore it fine but there is no way the polis as a whole would allow the man to liveConnected to this is Hiero II who is just too saintly to be believable Yeah he was a good king and a popular guy who ruled wisely and successfully for many decades He was not a saint No king could tolerate behaviour such as Marcus exhibits nor were they likely to follow a human rights approach to prisoners of war Being a good king in the Hellenistic era didn’t mean not torturing people it meant torturing only the right people Slaves aren’t people Neither are enemy combatants captive or otherwise That makes them fair gameThe book is a charming work with a detailed character study at the center and the everpresent threat of war safely in the background Archimedes’ rise is handled gradually and in a satisfying manner while the political situation is allowed to develop naturally Some elements of the book don’t hold up as well but on the whole the story captivates throughout