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 twentythree 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.
