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Archimedes Palimpsest exhibition
October 25, 2011 3:30 PM   Subscribe


 
So cool! Thank you for this post, Twang.
posted by Kevin Street at 3:46 PM on October 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I saw this a few days ago. Sadly I don't think I can make it to Baltimore before Jan 1, given as I don't even live on that coast anymore.

Would be lovely if there was a travelling exhibit, I'd love to see it!
posted by nat at 4:01 PM on October 25, 2011


The Walters is having an awesome Fall Forum lecture thingie about this on November 12. Tickets are free. Get 'em HERE.

Free! I'm going. Should be chock full of awesome. (You do have to get separate tickets (ten bucks for normal humans) to the exhibit if you want to see that as well as learn all about it... but the lecture thing itself is free.)
posted by which_chick at 4:16 PM on October 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


One of those unexplainably fascinating things. Along with the Antikytheras mechanism, one of the great hidden treasure and detective stories of our time. (And this one comes with an anonymous owner with $2M to spare!)
posted by Twang at 4:41 PM on October 25, 2011


This is great! Congrats to the Walters for having the audacity to try to make this their project.

(an aside: whether or not you can make it to Baltimore by 1/1, you should certainly visit the Walters and the Baltimore Museum of Art. They complement that small museum complex 30 miles to the southwest quite nicely, are devoid of throngs of sweaty tourists, and are likewise awesomely free!)
posted by GodricVT at 5:31 PM on October 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Interesting story. It's hard to imagine a world in which it was actually easier to dismantle a book, scrape the words off the pages, and write a new book on top. We take so much for granted ...

If you like stories about old books with intriguing histories, you might enjoy a (heavily) fictionalized history of the Sarajevo Haggadah: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
posted by Quietgal at 9:09 PM on October 25, 2011


In case you're as far away from Baltimore as I, this 64-minute video, a Goggle (sic) TechTalks of March 7, 2006, is stuffed full of tech babble about prying open the enigma.

I'lll just have to assume that it probably doesn't smell like a book that rested in a monastery nook in Constantinople for 770 years any more.
posted by Twang at 8:11 AM on October 26, 2011


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posted by IndigoJones at 9:32 AM on October 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


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