The Archimedes Palimpsest: Beyond the Surface with Will Noel
January 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm$5
A exceptional 13th-century prayer book, bought at auction in October 1998, was discovered to contain erased texts written several centuries earlier, among them seven treatises by the ancient Sicilian scientist Archimedes. Two of these texts—The Method and Stomachion — are found nowhere else.
William Noel discusses the work of a team representing many countries and many disciplines which brought The Archimedes Palimpsest back to life.It is a tail of high drama and low dealings, cautious conservation and bold scholarly deduction, and it came to a head one starry night at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory in California, when Archimedes text appeared like a fax from the third century BC.