Interesting ~ Hidden Writings Discovered

Interesting ~ Hidden Writings Discovered

This is a discussion on Interesting ~ Hidden Writings Discovered within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 5) Previously hidden writings of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes are being uncovered with powerful X-ray beams nearly 800 years after a ...

Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Administrator
    Array QKShooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Off Of The X
    Posts
    35,441

    Post Interesting ~ Hidden Writings Discovered

    SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 5)



    Previously hidden writings of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes are being uncovered with powerful X-ray beams nearly 800 years after a Christian monk scrubbed off the text and wrote over it with prayers.



    Over the past week, researchers at Stanford University's Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park have been using X-rays to decipher a fragile 10th century manuscript that contains the only copies of some of Archimedes' most important works.
    The X-rays, generated by a particle accelerator, cause tiny amounts of iron left by the original ink to glow without harming the delicate goatskin parchment.

    "We are gaining new insights into one of the founding fathers of western science," said William Noel, curator of manuscripts at Baltimore's Walters Art Museum, which organized the effort. "It is the most difficult imaging challenge on any medieval document because the book is in such terrible condition."

    Following a successful trial run last year, Stanford researchers invited X-ray scientists, rare document collectors and classics scholars to take part in the 11-day project.

    It takes about 12 hours to scan one page using an X-ray beam about the size of a human hair, and researchers expect to decipher up to 15 pages that resisted modern imaging techniques. After each new page is decoded, it is posted online for the public to see.

    On Friday, members of the public watched the decoding process via a live Web cast arranged by the San Francisco Exploratorium.

    "We are focusing on the most difficult pages where the scholars haven't been able to read the texts," said Uwe Bergmann, the Stanford physicist heading the project.

    Born in the 3rd century B.C., Archimedes is considered one of ancient Greece's greatest mathematicians, perhaps best known for discovering the principle of buoyancy while taking a bath.

    The 174-page manuscript, known as the Archimedes Palimpsest, contains the only copies of treatises on flotation, gravity and mathematics. Scholars believe a scribe copied them onto the goatskin parchment from the original Greek scrolls.
    Three centuries later, a monk scrubbed off the Archimedes text and used the parchment to write prayers at a time when the Greek mathematician's work was less appreciated. In the early 20th century, forgers tried to boost the manuscript's value by painting religious imagery on some of the pages.

    In 1998, an anonymous private collector paid $2 million for the manuscript at an auction, then loaned it to the Walter Arts Museum for safekeeping and study.

    Over the past eight years, researchers have used ultraviolet and infrared filters, as well as digital cameras and processing techniques, to reveal most of the buried text, but some pages were still unreadable.

    "We will never recover all of it," Noel said. "We are just getting as much as we can, and we are going to the ends of the earth to get it."


  2. #2
    Assistant Administrator
    Array P95Carry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    South West PA
    Posts
    25,484
    Always think of good ol' Archimedies when I take a bath!!!

    That guy was brilliant and way ahead of his time IMO. Similar category was Leonardo.
    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

    "To own a gun and assume that you are armed
    is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."


    http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.

  3. #3
    VIP Member Array Old Chief's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Southwest Tennessee
    Posts
    10,638
    In science, we stand on the shoulders of the giants of a bygone era.

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Discovered a new use for my hat ...
    By seawolf1956 in forum Carry & Defensive Scenarios
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: July 4th, 2009, 11:00 AM
  2. New element discovered!
    By wpk in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: October 8th, 2008, 07:43 PM
  3. I Was Almost Discovered
    By 53golfer in forum Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: January 1st, 2008, 09:13 AM
  4. NEAT! A New Element Is Discovered
    By QKShooter in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: September 20th, 2005, 09:38 PM

Search tags for this page

writings discovered

Click on a term to search for related topics.

» Log in

User Name:

Password:

Not a member yet?
Register Now!

» DefensiveCarry Sponsors