SJ8497 : Archimedes' Eureka Moment

taken 10 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Archimedes' Eureka Moment
Archimedes' Eureka Moment
This stone statue shows a life sized Archimedes leaping naked (only his upper body visible) from his bath whilst experiencing his eureka moment* was erected by the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in one of the arches of the railway viaduct that runs behind the Sackville Building of UMIST (now part of Manchester University). The statue was created by the artist Thompson W Dagnall and unveiled in September of 1990**. It is one of a series of science inspired sculptures near to UMISTís student union building.

* Most people have heard the story of Archimedes and his eureka moment, but not everyone knows the story behind it. See LinkExternal link (Archimedes Eureka Moment) for details.

** The sunglasses are an addition, probably donated by students to protect him from the infamous Manchester sunlight. There is no evidence to suggest that Archimedes wore sunglasses when taking his bath.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 31 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 31 May, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8465 9766 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.5265N 2:13.9643W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8468 9765
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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