The Mystery of Archimedes

Nella collana Storia delle Macchine – Analisi, interpretazioni e sviluppi (Aracne editore), diretta da Marco Ceccarelli, è uscito il saggio The mystery of Archimedes – The tradition of Italic thought of Science del socio Giuseppe Boscarino.


“The approach to Archimedes is neither born by rhetorical and celebrative intents, nor by purely philological purpose, much less by intention of localistic exaltation. Archimedes does not belong only to the history of science and technology, but to something larger, to the history of the philosophy and the culture, in short, to the history of the human thought. Archimedes in his works does not refer to previous authors, except for Euclid and Eudoxus, just as school men, while in his considered most brilliant work, such as the so-called “Method”, refers only to Democritus, the only to whom he recognizes innovative scientific merits, but whose immense and multifaceted production is disappeared. It is said that Plato wanted to burn the works by Democritus, but that he was obstructed by the Pythagoreans, and on whom he spread, unlike all the so-called pre-Socratics in his work, a veil of silence, until to appear that a real conspiracy of the silence. Then the mystery, as it is written, is not about Archimedes anymore, who proves, but that he does not reveal, the secret of his discoveries, but the disappearance of that immense production, from which the thought of Archimedes draws.”


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