History of Bathing: Eureka!

History of Bathing: Eureka!

It's no wonder that the first Eureka! moment came in the warm embrace of the bath!

"According to Vitruvius, a votive crown for a temple had been made for King Hiero II of Syracuse, who had supplied the pure gold to be used; Archimedes was asked to determine whether some silver had been substituted by the dishonest goldsmith. Archimedes had to solve the problem without damaging the crown, so he could not melt it down into a regularly shaped body in order to calculate its density.

In Vitruvius' account, Archimedes noticed while taking a bath that the level of the water in the tub rose as he got in, and realized that this effect could be used to determine the volume of the crown. For practical purposes water is incompressible, so the submerged crown would displace an amount of water equal to its own volume. By dividing the mass of the crown by the volume of water displaced, the density of the crown could be obtained. This density would be lower than that of gold if cheaper and less dense metals had been added. Archimedes then took to the streets naked, so excited by his discovery that he had forgotten to dress, crying "Eureka!"

(Eureka is Ancient Greek for 'I have found it!)

It's clear that inspiration can strike us at any moment. But it’s most likely to strike when the mind and body are at ease when we feel comfortable and relaxed. There are a few ways to attain this state, but none as easy as a nice warm soak with our Benefit Bath Bundle.

Sit back, chill out and let the mind roam free. Just make sure that you’re clothed and dry before rushing to tell people about your Eureka moment.