Wednesday, August 02, 2006

X-ray fluorescence

This report of work done on imaging the famous Archimedes Palimpsest (one page of which, if memory serves, is in the University Library here via the Tischendorf collection) looks interesting.

3 Comments:

Peter M. Head said...

There is more info here:
http://www.archimedespalimpsest.org/index.html
(there is some discussion of Tischendorf's interest in it - he seems to have stolen the one leaf which is now in Cambridge: http://www.archimedespalimpsest.org/palimpsest_history1.html which has a photo of the leaf: C.U.L. Ms. Add. 1879.23).

Christian Askeland said...

This is very interesting. Do they have to have iron-based ink to do this, or does it work with carbon as well?

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