# On Floating Bodies

## Treatise on hydrostatics by Archimedes / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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* On Floating Bodies* (Greek: Περὶ τῶν ἐπιπλεόντων σωμάτων) is a Greek-language work consisting of two books written by Archimedes of Syracuse (287 – c. 212 BC), one of the most important mathematicians, physicists, and engineers of antiquity.

*On Floating Bodies*, which is thought to have been written around 250 BC, survives only partly in Greek, the rest in medieval Latin translation from the Greek. It is the first known work on hydrostatics, of which Archimedes is recognized as the founder.[1]

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Author | Archimedes |
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Language | Ancient Greek |

Genre | Physics, Geometry |

The purpose of *On Floating Bodies* was to determine the positions that various solids will assume when floating in a fluid, according to their form and the variation in their specific gravities. It contains the first statement of what is now known as Archimedes' principle.