The Archimedes

The Archimedes

Revealing the Secrets of the World's Greatest Palimpsest

Book - 2007
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^DDrawings and writings by Archimedes, previously thought to have
been destroyed, have been uncovered beneath the pages of a
13th-century monk's prayer book. These hidden texts, slowly being
retrieved and deciphered by scientists, show that Archimedes'
thinking (2,200 years ago) was even ahead of Isaac Newton in the
17th century. Archimedes discovered the value of Pi, he developed
the theory of specific gravity and made steps towards the
development of calculus. Everything we know about him comes from
three manuscripts, two of which have disappeared. The third,
currently in the Walters Art Museum, is a palimpsest - the text
has been scraped off, the book taken apart and its parchment
re-used, in this case as a prayer book. William Noel, the project
director, and Reviel Netz, a historian of ancient mathematics,
tell the enthralling story of the survival of that prayer book from 1229 to the present, and examine the process of recovering the invaluable text underneath as well as investigating into why
that text is so important. ^G305p col pls (Weidenfeld and
Nicholson 2007)^g


^DDrawings and writings by Archimedes, previously thought to havebeen destroyed, have been uncovered beneath the pages of a 13th-century monk's prayer book. These hidden texts, slowly beingretrieved and deciphered by scientists, show that Archimedes' thinking (2,200 years ago) was even ahead of Isaac Newton in the 17th century.

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The story of the amazing discovery of Archimedes' lost works.

Publisher: London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, c2007
Edition: ed
ISBN: 9780297645474
Characteristics: p. :305 ; cm

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