Ain’t this just too perfect? An ancient work of Archimedes where he was closing in on calculus was almost lost, because some monk scraped the ink off, chopped up the pages and used them to make a prayer book. Yeah, remember this the next time you hear clowns like D’Souza talk about how Christianity fostered science and oh what a debt we owe to those monasteries.
What’s even more interesting to me is that after someone discovered the work was under these damn prayers back in 1906, the book was lost for another 90 years and during that time, another jackass painted even more shit in the book! Man, unbelievable.
Anyway, check out the article. It’s pretty interesting. Higher math is something I haven’t touched for over 20 years, so it’s lost on me now.