BALTIMORE (AP) — Long-hidden writings of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes are ready to go on display at Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum.

Teams of scientists and scholars spent 12 years using a variety of methods, including X-rays produced by a particle accelerator at Stanford University, to recover the parchment texts that had been hidden for centuries after they were written over in the Middle Ages.

Before they could begin, curators spent four years taking the fragile book apart because of damage from mold and a spine covered in modern synthetic glue.

The parchment, known as a palimpsest, contains the only known copies of some of Archimedes’ works.

The exhibit, “Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes,” opens Oct. 16 and runs through Jan. 1.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Too Complex says:

    These writings, by the Greek mathematician Archimedes, contain hidden mathematical equatiions that are astounding our government accountants today.
    Even after 12 years of study, the equations are still proving elusive to the understanding of many of our country’s current leaders as well.

    One such equation (1+1=2) is proving to be so complex, that political leaders are challenging its accuracy; stating: “Even if the equation is somehow correct, it is outdated and holds little to offer modern budget calculations in this modern era.”

  2. CC says:

    I expect they have even more problems with the equation 1-1 = 0.

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