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Eratosthenes

 

Eratosthenes, well, he's my #1 classical hero, and really, my intellectual model for my life.  His nickname was "Beta" because he was said to be the second best at everything.  Which, to me, seems like a pretty fair distinction.  I know a lot of people really want to be #1, but never having been that much of a perfectionist, being #1 got old.  Being #2 at everything... well, since I consider my best strength to be synthesis, being very, very good at more than one thing seems like the perfect niche for me.  I even tattooed the letter 'beta' on my body.   Because of his extraordinary abilities, he was made Librarian of the Great Library of Alexandria.

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Eratosthenes

Sieve of Eratosthenes applet

Eratosthenes

Eratosthenes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eratosthenes of Cyrene (ca. 284-ca. 192 BC) -- from Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography

Eratosthenes Experiment

Sieve of Eratosthenes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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112A Eratosthenes' map of the world (194 B.C.)


 

 

 

 

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