Who was Archimedes?

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. He lived from 287 BCE – 212 BCE. He is widely regarded as the greatest mathematician of antiquity, and one of the greatest mathematicians ever. He is responsible for several key advances in physics such as the foundations of statistics and hydrostatics, as well as the principle of the lever.

It is this last concept that inspired the Archimedes Alliance. A rigid bar resting on a fulcrum can be used to move an object. The longer the lever, the heavier the object that can be lifted. Archimedes illustrated this by saying, “Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I can move the Earth.”

This idea is the base of the Archimedes Alliance. Every contribution to the Alliance extends the lever. A million contributions—each too small to have an impact on its own—can create a lever long enough to move the earth.

Join the Archimedes Alliance. Be the lever. Move the Earth.