c.287 - 212 B.C.
Archimedes - mathematician, philosopher and pioneer of mechanics - could easily be considered the first recorded case of streaking, while naked, through a public place. But is this really what he's famous for?
not ... but this is not to say that the event is a myth.
It was while Archimedes was working on a problem supplied, by the then Greek king, Hiero, that in a moment of excitement and discovery the strange event occurred. Charged with finding the amount
of gold in the royal crown, Archimedes was at a loss as to discover a means to an end. But as he lay in his daily bath the fundamental law of hydrostatics came to him (this law states that any pressure applied to the surface of a fluid is transmitted
uniformly throughout the fluid in all directions, in such a way that initial variations in pressure are not changed).
Overjoyed, he quickly jumped from his bath, to run through the streets of Syracuse, shouting, 'Eureka! Eureka!'
without the benefit of his clothes. The general population of the streets, stared on aghast, tapping their heads to indicate that this person must be mad, not realising his amazing discovery. And so, the Archimedes screw was invented.
Famous for this
device that is still used today, he also wrote many books on mathematics, geometry and theoretical mechanics. Unfortunately, he came to an untimely end when, in his absent-minded way, he defied a military order and was killed on the spot.