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Marcus Vitrivius Pollio
(c. 20 B.C. - c. )

Italian engineer and architect.

Science Quotes by Marcus Vitrivius Pollio (1 quote)

Hieron asked Archimedes to discover, without damaging it, whether a certain crown or wreath was made of pure gold, or if the goldsmith had fraudulently alloyed it with some baser metal. While Archimedes was turning the problem over in his mind, he chanced to be in the bath house. There, as he was sitting in the bath, he noticed that the amount of water that was flowing over the top of it was equal in volume to that part of his body that was immersed. He saw at once a way of solving the problem. He did not delay, but in his joy leaped out of the bath. Rushing naked through the streets towards his home, he cried out in a loud voice that he had found what he sought. For, as he ran, he repeatedly shouted in Greek; “Eureka! Eurekal I’ve found it! I’ve found it!”
— Marcus Vitrivius Pollio
Vitrivius Pollio, De Architectura, ix, prologue, section 10.
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