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Archimedes Palimpsest

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Author:The Walters Art Gallery
Description: An introduction to the people, places, times, and historical significance of the Archimedes Palimpsest, a compendium of mathematical treatises by Archimedes of Syracuse. The manuscript itself includes the only copy of the treatise Method of Mechanical Theorems, in which Archimedes explained how he drew upon mechanical means to elucidate his mathematical theorems; and the only source in the original Greek for the treatise On Floating Bodies, in which he explores the physics of flotation and explains the formal proof for the principle of specific gravity. With comments by Reviel Netz on the Greek mathematician's insights, and information on the ancient document's journeys and preservation.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Field Trips
Math Topics: History and Biography

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