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The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book Is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist

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Part archaeological detective story, part science, and part history, The Archimedes Codex tells the astonishing story of a lost manuscript, from its tenth-century creation in ancient Constantinople to the auction block at Christies in New York, and how a team of scholars used the latest imaging technology to reveal and decipher the original text. What they found was the earliest surviving manuscript by Archimedes (287 BC–212 BC), the greatest mathematician of antiquity—a manuscript that established, for the first time, the extent of his mathematical genius, which was two thousand years ahead of modern science.

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The extraordinary story of the discovery of lost works by Archimedes beneath the pages of a medieval prayer book, and the amazing secrets they reveal.

About the Author

Reviel Netz is Professor of Classics and Philosophy at Stanford University.

William Noel is Curator of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and Director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project.

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Waney, December 29, 2012 (view all comments by Waney)
This is a well-written and highly readable account of the 20th century discovery and recent high-tech analysis of the Archimedes Codex -- a medieval prayer book that had been constructed by "erasing" and overwriting an 11th century copy of some mathematical writings of Archimedes.Most of this book is certainly readable by a person with only modest mathematical background. Hardly any equations appear, etc. But the authors do take the liberty of presenting in detail some of Archimedes' arguments, such as his proof that the center of gravity of a triangle is at the intersection point of the medians, and his derivation of the area of a section of a parabola. I personally found these proof sketches fascinating.
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ISBN:
9780306817373
Subtitle:
How a Medieval Prayer Book Is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist
Author:
Netz, Reviel
Author:
Noel, William
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Archimedes
Subject:
Mathematics, ancient
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090109
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of color photos
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15.2 oz

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