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03-01-2014, 12:54 AM
Ancient Greek text laying foundations for Calculus -- Erased to make prayer book
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/prayer-archimedes

Quote:Archimedes wrote his manuscript on a papyrus scroll 2,200 years ago. At an unknown later time, someone copied the text from papyrus to animal-skin parchment. Then, 700 years ago, a monk needed parchment for a new prayer book. He pulled the copy of Archimedes' book off the shelf, cut the pages in half, rotated them 90 degrees, and scraped the surface to remove the ink, creating a palimpsest—fresh writing material made by clearing away older text. Then he wrote his prayers on the nearly-clean pages.


Way to further the betterment of mankind, religion. Weeping

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03-01-2014, 01:31 AM
RE: Ancient Greek text laying foundations for Calculus -- Erased to make prayer book
Ugh...no words...only tears...

Even if I do think math is evil....


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03-01-2014, 01:38 AM
RE: Ancient Greek text laying foundations for Calculus -- Erased to make prayer book
To be fair, the work was known second-hand in Newton's time, but only partially, and in summary.

And we did get a chance to study it in 1908, reading the ink under the prayers. And now we can get a proper look, with sciency stuff like spectrographs and whiligigs.

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2 K(s) + 2 H2O(l) → 2 KOH(aq) + H2 (g) + 196 kJ/mol
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03-01-2014, 03:11 AM
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(03-01-2014 01:38 AM)Phaedrus Wrote:  ...with sciency stuff like spectrographs and whiligigs.


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03-01-2014, 03:28 AM
RE: Ancient Greek text laying foundations for Calculus -- Erased to make prayer book
This story reminds me of another story.

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Only a bit worse, because it can't be made into a meme.
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03-01-2014, 03:31 AM
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~from 2007. Dodgy

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03-01-2014, 03:34 AM
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(03-01-2014 03:31 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  ~from 2007. Dodgy

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03-01-2014, 03:40 AM
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(03-01-2014 03:34 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  
(03-01-2014 03:31 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  ~from 2007. Dodgy

Meme's never die, they just cease to be funny for a time.

The link in the OP is from 2007.

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03-01-2014, 06:24 AM
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(03-01-2014 12:54 AM)Phaedrus Wrote:  Way to further the betterment of mankind, religion. Weeping

I don't think it's particularly enlightened to treat individual historical instantiations of religious belief or practice as metonymic for religion as a whole. Surely you're aware, for instance, that Greek scientific and philosophical research was kept alive and proliferated throughout the time period in question by Muslim philosophers. In fact, many ancient Greek texts would never have been known by the Western world had they not been translated by Europeans from Arabic copies facilitated by Muslims.

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03-01-2014, 06:41 AM
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(03-01-2014 03:40 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
(03-01-2014 03:34 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  Meme's never die, they just cease to be funny for a time.

The link in the OP is from 2007.

Yeah! That was my first thought. Old news... actually ancient news.

And yeah, new guy, we already know that the muslims had more sense than the christies. Also, old news.

But, yes, Phaedy. It is indeed symbolic of religion even today. If the fundies could delete the Evolution text books and replace them with prayer books, they would.

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