The story of the amazing discovery of Archimedes' lost works
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.
the incredible story of the codex itself provides a page-turner as addictive as anything by Dan Brown. - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
The authors are fortunate to be involved in such a great project and they ahve done an excellent job in the writing of this book - BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS
A heroic account, of mathematics, and science. - ANGLO-HELLENIC REVIEW
Part detective-story, part scientific history, this tells how modern scientific techniques have allowed our understanding and appreciation of Archimedes to blossom over the past decade. - GOOD BOOK GUIDE