Genius of ArchimedesDVD - 2003
In 1991 an extraordinary item was put up for auction. To the untrained eye, it was nothing more than a small Byzantine prayer book, yet it sold for over $2 million. Twenty-two centuries after Archimedes wrote his most revealing mathematical work, "Infinite Secrets" reports the story of the manuscript's amazing discovery and how modern technology is being used to read its startling contents. A scribe in the 13th century had incompletely erased a 10th-century copy of Archimedes' works and had then written over it -- a common practice that allowed reuse of valuable parchment and produced a palimpsest, or parchment or tablet used one or more times after a layer has been erased.
Publisher: Boston, MA : WGBH, c2003
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Genius of Archimedes