Legend has it that on June 14th (around 260 BC) Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar, Archimedes, discovered while taking a bath that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water! Unable to contain his excitement over this discovery, Archimedes lept out of the bathtub and yelling “Eureka, Eureka!” as he ran through the streets of Syracuse, Greece. Since the exact date of Archimedes’ birth was unknown, the day chosen to commemorate is the day that is believed he lept out of the bath tub….June 14th.
How was this date determined? The ancient Greek legend says that is was exactly 1 week before the beginning of summer…the calendar in those days was astronomical and seasons were determined due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Summer begun (then and today) on June 21st so a week before is June 14th and this was the date set. We would like to recognize this day because we believe that bath time is the IDEAL time for learning and discovery for children. Bath toys can teach children the basic properties of physics such as empty/full, float/sink, heavy/light, and cause and effect all while having FUN in the tub!