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Date: 02/17/13 10:28 AM

11 Responses to Archimedes` Secret

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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    February 17, 2013 at 10:30 am
    Link: Archimedes` Secret - If you love math, history, or rare books, this 48-min documentary is worth the time.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    February 17, 2013 at 11:21 am
    I saw this on TV, it really is VERY interesting!
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    Abisite Male 50-59
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    February 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    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.
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    Abisite Male 50-59
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    February 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Antikythera Device rather..
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    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.
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    YugureKage Female 18-29
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    February 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm
    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.
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    spbm02 Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm
    As if I needed another reason to dislike religious fundamentalists!!
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    February 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    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.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 18, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Thanks OldOllie.
    I`m real good at spotting things. I`m always the first one to find Waldo
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    February 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    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.
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    liabach Male 40-49
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    February 26, 2013 at 11:47 pm
    Antikythera mechanism

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