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Author Netz, Reviel.

Title The Archimedes codex / revealing the secret of the world's greatest palimpsest / Reviel Netz and William Noel
Published London : Phoenix, 2008


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 MELB  510.9 Net/Acr  AVAILABLE
Description ix, 305 pages 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.Archimedes in America -- 2.Archimedes in Syracuse -- 3.The Great Race, Part I: Before the Palimpsest -- 4.Visual Science -- 5.The Great Race, Part II: The History of the Palimpsest -- 6.Archimedes' Method, 1999, or The Making of Science -- 7.The Critical Path -- 8.Archimedes' Method, 2001, or Infinity Unveiled -- 9.The Digital Palimpsest -- 10.The Stomachion, 2003, or Archimedes at Play -- 11.New Light on an Old Subject
Summary Drawings 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. This is the enthralling story of the survival of that prayer book from 1229 to the present, examining the process of recovering the invaluable text underneath, as well as explaining why that text is so important
Notes Includes index
First published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 292-297
Subject Archimedes.
Archimedes -- Manuscripts.
Mathematics, Greek -- Manuscripts
Mathematics, Ancient.
Palimpsests -- Conservation and restoration.
Author Noel, William.
ISBN 9780753823729