Synopses & Reviews
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 BC212 BC), the greatest mathematician of antiquitya manuscript that established, for the first time, the extent of his mathematical genius, which was two thousand years ahead of modern science.
Books & Culture, May/June 2012
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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
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.