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Walters Art Museum curator William Noel discusses the only surviving manuscript

TITLE: "The Archimedes Palimpsest"

WHAT: William Noel, director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project and curator of manuscripts at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland will discuss the conservation work that has been carried out thus far on the Archimedes Palimpsest, the only surviving copy of the great Greek mathematician’s treatises "The Method of Mechanical Theorems" and "Stomachion."

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., MONDAY, October 4

WHERE: Vollum Lounge
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
(Use east parking lot off Woodstock Blvd.)

COST: The lecture is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: For more information, please call the public events hotline at 503/777-7755.

This lecture is sponsored by the Reed College art department and the Robert Lehman Foundations.

The Archimedes Palimpsest
Written in the tenth century, and then over-written in the thirteenth with a prayerbook, the manuscript was discovered only at the beginning of the twentieth century and was recently sold for $2 million to an anonymous collector. The manuscript also contains the Greek text of his masterwork "On Floating Bodies." The manuscript has been the object of conservation and the subject of imaging and research at The Walters Art Museum.

Worldwide press coverage has heralded the results of the research as sensational and transformative for our understanding of the thought of the greatest mathematician of antiquity.


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