Archimedes: The Great Pioneering Streaker! - Poem by RAJ NANDY


There lived in the third century BC, in the Sicilian
town of Syracuse,
A Greek mathematician called Archimedes.
He was tasked by King Hiero in his town,
To find the purity of gold in the crown;
Suspicious of the goldsmith having mixed
in it,
Some impure material of inferior kind,
Which he wanted Archimedes to find!

Archimedes lost in thought, one day,
Entered the public bath on his way!
And as his body began to get submerged,
He happened to notice by chance,
Water spilling over from the tub!
The answer suddenly flashed across his
And he jumped up leaving everything
Wearing only his birthday suit!
Running through the street of Syracuse,
Exclaiming, ' Eureka! Eureka! ',
(I have found it! I have found it!)
Perhaps to become the first streaker of
While establishing the Principles of

Archimedes, son of Pheidias the astronomer,
Studied at the great Alexandrian city,
Remembered even this day for his pioneering
In Hydrostatics, Mechanics and Geometry!
With his ingenious mechanical discoveries,
Held the great Roman galleys of Marcellus
at bay,
For more than three years, as Plutarch says!
Later one day, while lost in deep thought,
Trying to resolve a problem of geometry,
Refused to hear Marcellus' bidding!
To be slain by the Roman soldier, who had
come to fetch him!
O those Romans, with lesser brains and more

And some hundred and thirty years after his
death, in 75 BC,
Cicero, the Governor of Sicily,
Found the tomb of great Archimedes, near
the Agrigentine gate,
Over grown with bushes and thorns,
Lying buried in the scented dust of History!

-Raj Nandy
New Delhi
29 Mar 08

Comments about Archimedes: The Great Pioneering Streaker! by RAJ NANDY

  • (12/16/2009 4:10:00 AM)

    Two most important facts about the Great Archimedes.. He was a self absorbed Mathematician like the caliber of Issac Newton, experts say so. Like Pythagoras.. And the Eureka which is 'Ananda' in Upanishadic term means ultimate delight.. This was Archimides.

    The Poem captures it very well.10
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  • (5/17/2008 11:51:00 AM)

    i really enjoyed and chuckled while reading this one. your imagination is really very vivid, i could actually see the entire sequence of events. great reading (Report) Reply

  • (3/30/2008 12:47:00 AM)

    very interesting...the narration of Archimedes and his contribution to the world is done with grace....
    all the pioneers of different faculty were executed by the authorities during renaissance and later resurrected when the world actually realized their theories etc.. well penned.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 29, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 29, 2008

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