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Biography of Arquitas (440-? a. C.)


Pythagorean, mathematician, philosopher and statesman; born in Taranto 440 years b.c. and died in a shipwreck off the coast of the Puglia.

Archytas of Tarentum.

It is believed that he was the first who applied geometry to mechanics, and which tried to solve the problem of the duplication of the cube; It is also credited with the invention of the thread and the pulley and a famous automaton called "flying pigeon". He wrote many works that have been lost, and only fragments of some others, whose titles are: lectures on mathematical sciences; The ten categories; The nature of everything; Wisdom; Of the principles; The reason and sentiment; Of what exists; Happiness; Man virtuous and happy; The moral; Law and justice.


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