August 02, 2006
Scanning the Past

BBCnews is carrying this update on the scanning of the Archimedes palimpsest:

Until now, the pages have remained obscured by paintings and texts laid down on top of the original writings.

Using a non-destructive technique known as X-ray fluorescence, the researchers are able to peer through these later additions to read the underlying text.

I seem to recall a Nova special on this book detailing the discovery of the technique, but not any of the text. Looks like they're progressing at the rate of a page or two a day (maybe less). But any progress on the writings of someone as important as Archimedes is fine by me!

Posted by scott at August 02, 2006 02:16 PM

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