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Archimedes & the Quest
for the Theory of Everything

Distinctive Voices Speaker Chris Rorres, Ph.D.

Videos of scientific public lectures presented by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine. Note the BC stands for Beckman Center. The program and lectures are to promote insights on Science, Technology, and Medicine.

This video lesson is about how twenty-three centuries ago Archimedes showed how complicated physical phenomena, such as his Law of Buoyancy, can arise from a few basic assumptions (axioms). His seminal work has led to attempts to explain the entire cosmos from a few elementary physical principles (physical laws as axioms or initial assumptions). This talk will trace the history of this quest for a Theory of Everything and describe some of the unexpected roadblocks it has encountered in the 21st century.

Chris Rorres, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Drexel University and Lecturer of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rorres has appeared in many documentaries explaining Archimedes discoveries, inventions, and his continuing influence. His web site on Archimedes, established in 1995, is visited by hundreds of thousands of students and scholars each year.

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