Excerpt from Archimedes Xthese things were, however, in his case the diversions of geometry at and he attached importance to them. In the words of Plutarch, he possessed so lofty a spirit, so profound a soul, and such a wealth of scientific kwledge that, although these inventions had won for him the rewn of more than human sagacity, yet he would t consent to leave behind him any written work on such subjects, but, regarding as igble and sordid the business of mechanics and every sort of art which is directed to practical utility, he placed his whole ambition in those speculations in the beauty and subtlety of which Where is admixture of the common needs of life. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.