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Archimedes of Syracuse (c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC)
was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer.
Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of
the leading scientists in classical antiquity. Among his advances in
physics are the foundations of hydrostatics, statics and the explanation
of the principle of the lever. He is credited with designing innovative
machines, including siege engines and the screw pump that bears his name.
Modern experiments have tested claims that Archimedes designed machines
capable of lifting attacking ships out of the water and setting ships on
fire using an array of mirrors.