TED – William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes


It takes a powerful method, the use of a particle accelerator in this case, to restore a millennia-old manuscript by Archimedes, his codex “C,” which has been erased, cut up, written over and painted on by medieval scribes. This book contains original works by ancient authors, previously hidden by its co-opting as a Byzantine prayer-book, and ancient books curator William Noel tells its fascinating story.

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