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Archimedes and the Quest for the Theory of Everything

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Uploaded on Aug 18, 2010

Twenty-three centuries ago Archimedes showed how complicated physical phenomena, such as his Law of Buoyancy, can arise from a few basic assumptions. His seminal work has led to attempts to explain the entire cosmos from a few elementary physical principles. This talk will trace the history of this quest for a Theory of Everything and describe some of the unexpected roadblocks it has encountered in the 21st century.

Chris Rorres, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Drexel University and Lecturer of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rorres has appeared in many documentaries explaining Archimedes¹ discoveries, inventions, and continuing influence. His web site on Archimedes, established in 1995, is visited by hundreds of thousands of students and scholars each year.

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