1,000-year-old text by Greek maths genius Archimedes goes on display
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Posted 19 October 2011 - 06:07 AM
It arrived in tatters - but after a decade of delicate restoration Archimedes' oldest surviving work is now on display. The 1,000-year-old Archimedes Palimpsest - which was bought at auction by an anonymous buyer for $2 million in 1998 - is being showcased at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.
The 'Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes' exhibition tells the story of the text, and the work of dozens of scientists and scholars who uncovered its secrets. Archimedes Project director Will Noel said that when the manuscript sold in 1998 it was known to contain some of the Greek maths genius' most famous theories.
He added: 'People were skeptical that we would find anything else. Now, this is a chance for the public to see the Archimedes Palimpsest in all its glory.' The script, given its name because it has been written on more than once after the original writing has been scraped or rubbed off, was 'in bits' when it arrived at the museum more than 12 years ago.
Scholars believe a 10th-century scribe copied the text from Archimedes' original Greek scrolls. But 200 years later, in Jerusalem in 1229 AD, it was erased and overwritten with a prayer book by a priest called Johannes Myronas.
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