Archimedes: The Method

A long-lost text indicates that Archimedes was developing the foundations of calculus, almost 2000 years before Leibniz and Newton.

I just love those ancient Greek philosopher guys. They were really smart.


The problem of preserving ancient documents reminds me of a book by Geraldine Brooks entitled People of the Book. I’m just starting to read it.


Also consider the Antikythera Device. It’s like one of the magical mechanical devices you might see in, say, The Golden Compass (the spy fly, or the alethiometer), or Harry Potter. They should make an MTG artifact card entitled Antikythera Device.

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