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Unveiling the work of Archimedes

From Washington, D.C., at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

An ancient manuscript long hidden from public view may provide significant, new insights into the way Archimedes did his mathematical work more than 2,000 years ago. The manuscript, known as the Archimedes Palimpsest, is the only source of Archimedes' treatise "On the Method of Mechanical Theorems." As the oldest surviving Archimedes manuscript, it's the closest we can get to the mathematician himself, says science historian Reviel Netz of Stanford University, who has been studying the relic.

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