The Sand-Reckoner

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Classical Age

The Sand-Reckoner: A Novel of Archimedes
Author: Bradshaw, Gillian
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Time Period: Classical Age
Time Frame: 287-212 BCE
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Ancient Greece
Topics: Mathematics
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2001

World History > Classical Age > Ancient Greece

The Sand-Reckoner from author Gillian Bradshaw is a historical account that reimagines the life of one of ancient Greek's greatest minds.

The young scholar Archimedes has just had the best three years of his life at Ptolemy's Museum at Alexandria. To be able to talk and think all day, every day, sharing ideas and information with the world's greatest minds, is heaven to Archimedes. But heaven must be forsaken when he learns that his father is ailing, and his home city of Syracuse is at war with the Romans.

Reluctant but resigned, Archimedes takes himself home to find a job building catapults as a royal engineer. Though Syracuse is no Alexandria, Archimedes also finds that life at home isn't as boring or confining as he originally thought. He finds fame and loss, love and war, wealth and betrayal-none of which affects him nearly as much as the divine beauty of mathematics.

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