Archimedes was born in 287 BCE, and studied mathematics at the University of Alexandria, supposedly under Euclid himself. Unfortunately, much of what we know about Archimedes’ life is mere assumption and is supported on thin historical ground. Many sources agree that Archimedes stayed in Syracuse for a good portion of his life and died in 212 B.C during the siege of Syracuse by the Romans.
Archimedes was mainly studied mathematics, but like most scientists of his time, he had his hand in other fields. His mathematical discoveries often had practical applications for engineering purposes.
The Tetragonisums hosts a variety of mathematical theorems, and is
emblematic of the kind of math and science practiced during his time.