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George Clement


As legend has it, the ancient and great Archimedes was assigned to determine the purity of the crown of King Hiero of Syracuse in ancient Greece. One day, as Archimedes sat in a basin to have a bath, he noticed the water level rise and realized how he could determine the volume of the crown and thus its density and purity. Legend maintains that in pure intellectual excitement, wise Archimedes ran naked down the streets of Syracuse exclaiming “Eureka! Eureka! I’ve got it!”