Recovering Lost Wisdom [May need Subscription Access]
An interesting article on the project to recover some of Archimedes writings from the Palimpsest manuscript. A unique source of some of Archmedies writings, the Palimpsest was modified by a monk who erased some of Archimedes words by overlaying various prayers. The scientific process being used to recover the original writing is incredible and lends some hope that we might be able to analyze other early manuscripts that suffered from a similar attempt to erase the scientific thoughts of the day. This project also reminds one of how much from the ancient world has been lost, much of of it for good.