January 19th, 02009 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
To those of you following the Leibnitz – Newton “who discovered calculus kerfuffle“, a newly re-discovered Archimedes text has revealed that he actually had documented several calculus principles over 2,200 years ago. More over at Science News on the riveting story of how x-ray fluorescence imaging revealed the underlying text after a 13th century Monk scraped the pages clean in order jot down some prayer...
“Archimedes computed the area of the curved figure (left) by enclosing it in a bigger one with straight edges (right). He then examined random slices to compute the volume—using the concept of actual infinity. “
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