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Friday, May 27, 2005

shedding light on the Archimedes Palimpsest

Stanford lab reveals hidden writing on ancient parchment
Scientists analyze Archimedes text at accelerator center
; report from Keay Davidson, Chronicle Science Writer found via SciTech Daily Review.

Those old writings are being recovered thanks to scientists at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. With excruciating slowness and care, they have begun using a beam of X-ray radiation no thicker than a human hair to scan a goatskin parchment known as the Archimedes Palimpsest. It's of unusual interest because it shows how advanced mathematics -- the so-called Queen of the Sciences -- was in ancient times, at least in the mind of a legendary mathematician.

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