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Who wrote this quote Give you a lever and a place to stand and you can move the world?

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January 29, 2012 6:27PM

According to Pappus of Alexandria, Archimedes' work on levers caused him to remark:

'δῶς μοι πᾶ στῶ καὶ τὰν γᾶν κινάσω'

which translates from Greek as:

'Give me a place to stand on and I will move the world.'

Therefore, the answer is Archimedes of Syracuse.