It is done! On October 29, 2008, the Archimedes Palimpsest was published online in digital format. I know most of us won't just rush right to the digital document to begin our scholarly review of it, but it's quite worth the time at least to read about what it is and what was required to do this monumental work.
I wrote a few posts about the Archimedes Palimpsest, so you can get an idea of it from a layman's perspective. Well, okay, from a completely non-academic, non-scientific perspective. From my perspective. What am I learning from this? How does it relate to my life? What can I take away, learn or apply?
First I wrote about the Archimedes Palimpsest—what is it? Not having been a science major, my knowledge of Archimedes was only the passing mention of the name. Let's not forget that Archimedes was the name of the smart owl in the Disney film who taught the future King Arthur about science.
There were a lot of scientists and cutting-edge technology used in the project. It's a far cry from the level of work I do on a daily basis. I examined that in Part II: it takes a village….
The Archimedes Codex is a book about how these scientists came into possession of the codex, how the project began to develop, and how the funding was acquired. I'm sure there will be another book published about the completion of the project, results, scientific research, and where they will go from here. Have you ever asked that intelligentsia question, "what reading material is on your nightstand?" I think they do that on NPR now and then. The book was on my nightstand for quite some time, and my take on it is in the Archimedes Codex: the final chapter.
The Stomachion is a diagram, an incredibly complex mathematical game, if you will, by Archimedes. I looked at it and saw a quilt block. How many different ways can you put together those 17 pieces to make a rectangle? Hint: it's extremely difficult to calculate the number of solutions, which is why Archimedes found it so intriguing.
And while the scientists, technologists and researchers on this amazing project have attained their goal of making it available to the world in digital format, I'm sure it's but a major milestone of much more to come.