Archimedes is the last of the three greatest mathematicians in history. He was known for developing the lever concept, inventing the screw pump, ratios of volumes between spheres and cylinders. There is a myth that he had run through the streets screaming “Eureka!” when he discovered a method of determining gold from fake gold. A soldier killed him during the war; the cause of this dispute is unknown; either the soldier had stepped on his work on the ground and angered him, or he refused to go with the soldier to finish the solution to his math problem. He also liked doing math everywhere; if there were soot nearby, he’d write in it.

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Z Proportions

Becca Hirsbrunner photographed this fabulously constructed Z proportions letter. Interestingly, every element but the diagonal bar can be rationalized.
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NASA Scientists in 1961

In 1961 NASA scientists worked hard to send an American astronaut to the moon. And we have this beautiful photo from those days.
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Mandelbrot Island

When Alexis Monnerot-Dumaine rendered Mandelbrot set as an island using the fractal-based landscape generator, Terragen, he got this Mandelbrot island.

Adaptive Roots

These two lovely photos of adaptive roots show how nature fits the environment, and the way they do that is so impressive!

A Geometric Haircut

Imagine that your barber’s name is Zeno and he is doing 1/2 off haircuts. Probably he would do a geometric haircut. This is hilarious.
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Limit Definition of Derivative

This limit definition of derivatives math meme depicts calculus students when they realize they can use a simple notation for derivatives.