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The Greek scientist and mathematician Archimedes discovered that the volume of displaced water is equal to the volume of the object that’s submerged in the water. He realized that upon easing into his big, fat, Greek tub.

It sounds obvious now, but it wasn’t obvious until it was.

Archimedes then, according to a Roman author and engineer writing more than 100 years later, ran naked into the streets of Syracuse.

If newspapers had existed then, I imagine the headline: “Local famous scientist seen naked as Greek statue.”

Archimedes made his discovery while engaged in a routine task. H...


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