Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Lunch Talk: (@TED) Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes.

How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.

tags: history, lunchtalk, detection

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