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In 1991, a small Medieval prayer book was sold at auction. Miraculously, some original writings of Archimedes, the brilliant Greek mathematician, were discovered hidden beneath the religious text. Through scholarly detective work with the help of modern technology, this book now reveals Archimedes stunningly original concepts, ideas, and theoriesrevelations that, if known sooner, might have reshaped our world.
Many historic figures have been hailed as ahead of their time. Fewif anyare said to be centuries ahead of their time. The Einstein of his era, Archimedes had a sophisticated understanding of mathematics, and designed marvelous war machines for his native Syracuse to use against the invading Romans. Many of Archimedes works disappeared during the Middle Ages, but some survived to help inspire the scientific revolution in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. One document that seemed irretrievably lost was his final treatise The Method, which reputedly explained how he achieved his brilliant resultssecrets he revealed nowhere else. Now, over 2200 years later, the discovery of The Method has experts and scientists dreaming of what might have been if Renaissance thinkers and other great minds had known of his ideas and been able to build on them.
NOVA explores Archimedes rare writings, as well as the books mysterious beginnings, tumultuous history and amazing discovery. As the ancient text comes back from the dead, it unlocks its revolutionary contentsthe infinite secrets of one of historys greatest thinkers.
Special DVD features include: activities for educators; materials and activities for librarians; a link to the Infinite Secrets Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired.
On one DVD5 disc. Region coding: All regions. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: Letterboxed.
This should be required watching in high school. The story of the multidiscipline detective team that recovered and unraveled the mysterious document is interesting in its own... Read morePublished 9 months ago by William M. Smith, Jr.
I have read somethings abour Archimenedes but never expected for him to be so far ahead of his time. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by E. Conde
As a history teacher, I really enjoyed this video and I showed about the first thirty minutes to all of my classes. Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by April Lyn Wilson
I have to agree somewhat with those reviews that were disappointed in the lack of content dealing with Archimedes. Read morePublished on August 29, 2009 by P. Christie
I teach high school physics and I am always looking for relevant, not-too-pithy material to leave when I have a substitute. I stumbled upon this dvd and it fit the bill. Read morePublished on May 3, 2009 by snake plisken