Archimedes was born around 287 BC in Syracuse, Sicily. Syracuse at the time belonged to Greece, and Archimedes was a Greek mathematician and scientist. He died in 212 or 211 BC in the same town being assassinated by a Roman soldier of the advancing Roman army. Archimedes was apparently so involved in his work on mathematics that he did not run even when the solder came to him.

It is believed that Archimedes learnt his mathematical art in Egypt, Alexandria, from the followers of Euclid. He came from an aristocratic family and during his long life invented a number of war devices. He is generally thought of as one of the most important mathematicians/scientists of the antiquity

Archimedes approximated the value of Pi.

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Welcome to the new Maths is Good For You website. 

The old site was made in the late 2004/early 2005 when I was a mathematics teacher in a secondary school in Dover and was a recipient of the Gatsby Teacher Fellowship in Mathematics. This grant allowed me to buy a new computer and start the Maths is Good For You website.

Since then a lot of things have changed both in my life and generally around the world. The original website has had more than six million people use it since its inception. But the world, along with my readers, have outgrown it – so this new website will attempt to give the users most of the resources from the old site, whilst still giving the new and recent content that I have been working on for the past fifteen years. 

The new site of Maths is Good For You will have some of the materials from the old site available, whilst building on the work I have developed since 2007. 

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