Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on kiwireviews.nz : Sunday 14th July 2024 - 11:19:52

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  

I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Non-Fiction > The Archimedes Codex review

« 1001 Easy Ways for Earth-Wise Living review1001 Easy Ways for Earth-Wise LivingOn the farm reviewOn the farm »

Score: 8.8/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 1613 - The Archimedes Codex
Written by Reviel Netz and William Noel

The Archimedes Codex
Price:
$39.99
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by Hachette

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been provided to KIWIreviews by Hachette or their agents for the sole purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was requested, offered nor accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
Available:
May 2007

The Archimedes Codex product reviews

On 29th October 1998 the front page of the New York Times reported that an extremely ugly, unprepossessing book had just been sold at Christies New York for us$2,000,000. It appeared to be the battered prayer book of a medieval priest, charred by fire, doused with water, and devoured by mould. Yet underneath the prayers, barely visible below the stains and the soot, lay hidden the oldest surviving manuscript of the ancient world's greatest mathematitian, Archimedes of Syracuse.

This is the true story of the greatest scientific codex extant today: the Archimedes Palimpsest. over a thousand years old, this codex survived against all odds. It travelled through crusades and world wars, from east to west and overseas. But only now, thanks to ultra-modern imaging techniques, are its hidden contents finally being brought to light with surprising results that will fundamentally change our understanding of the history of science.

Check out Hachette onlineClick here to see all the listings for Hachette Visit their website Follow them on Twitter Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel They do not have a TikTok channel



Tags:
-none-
Other listings you may be interested in:
Uncover : The Human BodyUncover : The Human Body
Rating: 10.0
The Mammoth Book of Special OpsThe Mammoth Book of Special Ops
Rating: 9.5
Windows Vista for DummiesWindows Vista for Dummies
Rating: 10.0
Maddigan's QuestMaddigan's Quest
Rating: 6.3
Pendulum: 1: PilgrimsPendulum: 1: Pilgrims
Rating: 8.3
Quaky CatQuaky Cat
Rating: 9.4
The Seven Realms #2 - The Exiled QueenThe Seven Realms #2 - The Exiled Queen
Rating: 9.8
Wolven 3 - Bad Wolf RisingWolven 3 - Bad Wolf Rising
Rating: 8.8
Tarantula BOO!Tarantula BOO!
Rating: 6.4
I  Survived: The Nazi InvasionI  Survived: The Nazi Invasion
Rating: 8.9
Artemis Fowl: The Lost ColonyArtemis Fowl: The Lost Colony
Rating: 9.8
Ways to Live ForeverWays to Live Forever
Rating: 9.8
Kiwi One and Kiwi TwoKiwi One and Kiwi Two
Rating: 10.0

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of vivid

Review by: vivid (Matt)
Dated: 28th of October, 2007

Link to this review Report this review

 

This Review: 8.8/10
Value for Money:
Score 8 out of 10
Interesting Facts:
Score 10 out of 10
Accuracy:
Score 10 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 7 out of 10

I wasnt too sure what to expect from this one. I was hoping for more details of the original text itself but was a little disappointed to find it was more the tale of how the researchers uncovered and revealed said text.
What little of the content they did include I found really quite interesting, but by far the most fascinating section for me was the description of the materials used in the manufacture of the book: the pages of parchment (sheepskin treated with pumice and egg white) and the ink, made from gallic acid and various chemicals. It was really quite fascinating to read how the ink was made, and I plan to try making some myself.
The imaging technology used to reveal the long lost writings of Archimedes was quite an achievement, and in many places quite groundbreaking. Such technology could be adapted to a number of purposes, and I believe has in fact already been applied by other fields.
All in all though this book wasnt at all what I was hoping for, or expecting, it did capture my attention enough to finish it but its not one I would recommend as casual reading to any but the most die-hard scientific readers. Its quite dry stuff really but it holds a lot of intellectual appeal, for those who find it so.


Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 9.6
Product reviews for listing 2632: The Mayor's Flash New Clothes -  Author: Chris Gurney

Product image for The MayorYou'll end up the flashest Mayor ever,
But here comes the real nifty part:
It cannot be seen by the foolish...
It can only be seen by the smart!

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the Knock Out News Group. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of kiwireviews.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, on the premise that they have been submitted as the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much."
G.K. Chesterton