Sunday, May 22, 2005

Accelerator Used to Decipher Archimedes

"May 22, 2:19 PM (ET)


BALTIMORE (AP) - A particle accelerator is being used to reveal the long-lost writings of the Greek mathematician Archimedes, work hidden for centuries after a Christian monk wrote over it in the Middle Ages.

Highly focused X-rays produced at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center were used last week to begin deciphering the parts of the 174-page text that have not yet been revealed. The X-rays cause iron in the hidden ink to glow."

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