it is just truly mind boggling how HUGE of a setback the loss of this knowledge has meant to mankind, as well as astounding how capable the human mind can be. Archimedes not only invented Calculus, but he did it IN HIS HEAD..without benefit of modern or ancient computers..check into a documentary on the antikythera (SP?). It is believed that Archimedes devised that as well.

There was a professor of classics at my college who was part of a team working on deciphering some lost scrolls of Archimedes. He was an impressive man, and also a raging douche.

Doesn`t that drawing at 36:46 look like the drawing from the Prime Number video, about the formula for the stars in a spiral arm galaxy thingie Good catch, Gerry. It`s called the Spiral of Archimedes or logarithmic spiral, and it`s exactly what was used to describe the percentage of prime numbers in a given range starting at zero. The function r = ln(x), where r is the radius, and x is the angle (I`d use theta, but I can`t post Greek characters here) describes many natural structures from sea shells to galaxies.

It`s just as shocking that the so called "experts" working on the manuscript are handling it without gloves. Grease, sweat and acids are being transferred everytime they touch a piece.

- If you love math, history, or rare books, this 48-min documentary is worth the time.
Way more smart than what I do in a bathtub.

Archimedes must`a used a .... mathtub. :)

Doesn`t that drawing at 36:46 look like the drawing from the Prime Number video, about the formula for the stars in a spiral arm galaxy thingie.

Good catch, Gerry. It`s called the Spiral of Archimedes or logarithmic spiral, and it`s exactly what was used to describe the percentage of prime numbers in a given range starting at zero. The function r = ln(x), where r is the radius, and x is the angle (I`d use theta, but I can`t post Greek characters here) describes many natural structures from sea shells to galaxies.

Thanks OldOllie.

I`m real good at spotting things. I`m always the first one to find Waldo