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Archimedes' Secret

Hits: 7862 | Rating: (2.6) | Category: Science | Added by: Squrlz4Sale
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liabach
Male, 40-49, Western US
 1923 Posts
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 11:47:07 PM
Antikythera mechanism

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 6284 Posts
Monday, February 18, 2013 3:13:42 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.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Monday, February 18, 2013 7:09:01 AM

Thanks OldOllie.
I'm real good at spotting things. I'm always the first one to find Waldo

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15129 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:13:30 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.

spbm02
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 30 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 6:31:48 PM
As if I needed another reason to dislike religious fundamentalists!!

YugureKage
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 1211 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 4:38:11 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.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 4:36:28 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.

Abisite
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 27 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 2:13:27 PM
Antikythera Device rather..

Abisite
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 27 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 2:12:20 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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26662 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:21:54 AM
I saw this on TV, it really is VERY interesting!

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:30:17 AM
Link: Archimedes' Secret [Rate Link] - If you love math, history, or rare books, this 48-min documentary is worth the time.


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