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The Archimedes Codex: Revealing The Secrets Of The World's Greatest Palimpsest By Reviel Netz

The Archimedes Codex: Revealing The Secrets Of The World's Greatest Palimpsest
by Reviel Netz

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

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The Archimedes Codex: Revealing The Secrets Of The World's Greatest Palimpsest 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. 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. Combining intrigue, lost books, academic detection and final revelations which rewrite the history of science and mathematics, The Archimedes Codex will be a major publishing event.

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GOR001581307
The Archimedes Codex: Revealing The Secrets Of The World's Greatest Palimpsest
Reviel Netz
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2007-01-01
320
0297645471
9780297645474
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