Archimedes' Unknown Discovery
Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth. — Archimedes
Archimedes of Syracuse (287 BCE – 211 BCE) is generally regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians and scientists of all times. He has many results to his credit, including ones in philosophy, mathematics and physics, astronomy and engineering. Among his inventions are "Archimedes claw", “Death ray” weapons, principle of levers, buoyancy and hydrostatics laws, calculus, etc., and he is known as the “father of mathematical physics.” We, at Archimedes Banya, are proud to bring attention to one of the discoveries that has been unfairly forgotten in the list of his credits. We assert the following:
Best ideas arise when you are relaxed in a hot bath.
Here is the story: Hiero, a king of Syracuse at that time, had ordered a gold crown. He suspected that the crown was not made of pure gold but also silver; however, he could not prove this. He told Archimedes of his suspicion. One day Archimedes was taking a hot bath. He realized that the amount of water that overflowed the tub was equal to the volume of his body. At the realization, he jumped out of the bathtub and ran out on to the streets of Syracuse completely naked shouting Eureka, Eureka (Greek for "I have found it!"). This idea allowed him to determine the density of the crown in his famous work “The Floating Bodies” and to prove that the goldsmith was not honest.
We are confident that the great discovery of that day was the influence of hot bathing on Archimedes' thinking. We are expanding his observation and willing to demonstrate that
Steam bathing is an even more efficient way to lead to discoveries.