by Charlie ~
a Very Wodehouse Challenge all about men!
| Create a word search featuring at least twenty prominent men in history.|
Do research on at least five of these men. List five facts you never knew about them.
1. Was a mathematician, physicist, astronomer, engineer, and inventor.
2. Invented the concept of the center of gravity in physics.
3. Discovered and proved formulas for the volume and surface area of spheres.
4. Proved that when multiplying variables with exponents, the exponents should be added together.
5. Directly inspired Newton and Galileo Galilei in their investigation of the mathematics of motion.
1. His death was doctor-assisted.
2. Thought cocaine was a miracle drug and used it for over a decade.
3. Four of his sisters died during the Holocaust in a Nazi camp.
4. Developed 'talk therapy' which is used most frequently today in therapy.
5. Had more than 30 surgeries to treat his mouth cancer.
1. Didn't have a middle name. (Hey, me neither!)
2. May have been infertile.
3. Was not a devout Christian.
4. Only president to go into battle while in office.
5. Did not wear a wig. (That was his real hair. )
1. Responsible for the death of an estimated 40 million people.
2. About 8% of Asian men are his descendants.
3. Birth name was Temujin, not Genghis.
4. Killed his older half brother when he was 10.
5. Cause of death and burial site are unknown.
1. Was kidnapped by pirates.
2. Introduced the Julian calendar.
3. Wanted to be a priest at one time.
4. Was married 3 times.
5. Had a mysterious disease, thought to be malaria
From your earlier list, choose the man who has most inspired you and write at least a 500 word essay about him.
From the above list, I'm most inspired by Archimedes. As a math major, I find his mathematical discoveries to be amazing. A lot of the things he found are just basic concepts accepted in math today, and I think it's crazy to think about the fact that those concepts didn't always exist. For example, Archimedes founded an accurate approximation of π (pi). When we see pi now, we just automatically know that it's 3.14... but the fact that someone had to find that and that he's the person who did automatically makes him awesome in my book.
Not only was Archimedes a genius mathematician, he was also involved in so many other scientific discoveries that it's impossible to not be impressed. He created Archimedes' screw, which is still used in limited applications for irrigation purposes. He has also been attributed with creating catapults that had far greater power and accuracy than those before his. The invention of the first odometer is also widely attributed to Archimedes dating back to the First Punic War. Archimedes also invented a "Death Ray" that used the sun's heat and mirrors to burn ships from afar, which is pretty badass.
My favorite part of Archimedes discoveries is the ability he had to apply mathematics and physics to real world situations, like war. Even if you don't particularly like war-related things, it's undeniably interesting to see the way his mind was able to work in a way that was beneficial to real life situations of his time. I know that a lot of people hate math or science related things because people usually start gagging when I tell them my major, but I think there's a certain level of respect that these fields demand because of their difficulty level and the general lack of interest that the average person has in them.
As if that weren't enough, Archimedes was also an astronomer. He wrote many findings on calculating various things based on centers of gravity, spheres, parabolas, and infinitesimals to calculate area and volume. He used stars, the sun, the moon, and other astronomy-related things to explain and prove these discoveries. This is just one more example of Archimedes using the world around him and applying it to studies of mathematics and science.
My favorite discovery of Archimedes is explained in Archimedes' principle:
F = pgV
F = the buoyant force of a given body
V = the volume of the displaced fluid
g = acceleration due to gravity
This is used to prove that the upward buoyant force exerted on an object immersed in fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid that the object displaces.
p = pf (density of the fluid) - pg (density of object)
Therefore, the formula can be shown as:
F = (pf - pg)gV
This formula is awesome because it can be used to solve so many different things. You can find the volume of a displaced object, density of the object, density of the liquid it's in, and buoyancy of the force using this equation.
So, what would this be used for in real life? Well, Archimedes discovered all of this while in the bathtub. He saw the displacement of water due to his body. Any situation where water is displaced by an object is a good example of how this formula is actually used. A common one is the concept of ships and how they stay afloat. How does a ship stay afloat? Using Archimedes' Principle, we know that the ship displaces water at a weight that is equal to the weight of the ship. If the ship had a greater density than the water, it would sink. But, because the ship is made hollow, the overall density of the water is greater than the overall density of the ship, so the buoyancy against the ship is enough to keep it afloat.
This is just another one of the many examples of things discovered by Archimedes that are common knowledge today. People might say that it's pointless to discuss something that seems so "common sense," but at one point, it wasn't common sense. Someone took their real life experiences and used it to discover buoyancy. That's fucking awesome, and that's why I like Archimedes the best out of the above list.
You have just been made an editor of a brand new magazine! However, you need to feature five great male-related items for its first issue.
Browse through Writing.com and select those five items.
Leave a review (for each item) letting them know they've been selected for your magazine. Make it as creative as possible!
1. Review of "A Woodcarver’s Grieving Hands"
2. Review of "I Called The Plumber"
3. Review of "Masculinity 2015"
4. Review of "psalm of man"
5. Review of "Chess Players in Central Park"