Create and share a new lesson based on this one.

About TED-Ed Originals

TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed original? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Educator Armand D'Angour
  • Director Michael Kalopedis
  • Producer Zedem Media
  • Artist Dinos Hadjidemetri
  • Animator Maria Savva
  • Sound Designer Andreas Trachonitis


Additional Resources for you to Explore
Archimedes, under great pressure, created the world’s first floating cruise ship, the Syracusia. But, who was Archimedes? What else is he famous for? How about the catapult, a light-focusing mirror to burn invading ships, the Archimedes screw, and several math theorems? Read a short biography of him here and here. History says that Archimedes, so focused on his math calculations, that when confronted by a Roman soldier to leave, refused and was killed.

Archimedes Principle of Buoyancy is one of his most famous calculations. Watch this lesson from TED Ed: How taking a bath led to Archimedes Principle by Mark Salata. The Archimedes Principle Song puts this whole concept to music! Listen and learn. How brilliant was Archimedes? Was he a man before his time? Watch Archimedes Secret and learn more about this amazing individual.

Eureka! Did Archimedes really coin this phrase? Read this Fact or Fiction Smithsonian article and get some insight into this question!

What is the Archimedes Palimpsest? Find out here! Then listen to this TED talk on: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes by William Noel. Still find this intriguing? Listen to NPR’s: A Prayer Book’s Secret: Archimedes Lies Beneath. Amazing, and awesome was Archimedes!

The author would like to credit the late Ian McAuslan for suggesting the possible significance of korōnē.