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The Archimedes codex : how a medieval prayer book is revealing the true genius of antiquity's greatest scientist

Author: Reviel Netz; William Noel
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Da Capo Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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Describes the discovery of the lost works of Archimedes, the great Greek mathematician, as part of a palimpsest from a medieval prayer book created during the thirteenth century, and offers a look at the full range of mathematical discoveries and theories that were found.
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Named Person: Archimedes.; Archimedes; Archimedes.; Archimedes.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reviel Netz; William Noel
ISBN: 9780306815805 030681580X 9780306817373 0306817373
OCLC Number: 144226558
Description: ix, 313 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Preface --
1. Archimedes in America --
2. Archimedes in Syracuse --
3. The great race, part 1 : before the Palimpsest --
4. Visual science --
5. The great race, part 2 : the history of the Palimpsest --
6. Archimedes' Method, 1999, or The making of science --
7. The critical path --
8. Archimedes' Method, 2001, or Infinity unveiled --
9. The digital Palimpsest --
10. The Stomachion, 2003, or Archimedes at play --
11. New light on an old subject --
Epilogue : "The vast book of the universe" --
Acknowledgements --
Further reading --
Index.
Responsibility: Reviel Netz, William Noel.
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Archimedes only remaining manuscript is a palimpsest in which the books parchment has been reused, in this case as a prayer book. Netz and Noel tell the enthralling story of the survival of that  Read more...

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"[Reviel Netz is] one of the most creative historians of mathematics of our time...[Will Noel] narrates with some verve his own story in learning about the palimpsest...Much of "The Archimedes Codex" Read more...

 
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