Friday, July 30, 2010

In the fish bowl

The most interesting thing that happened today was actually what we did during lunch. Bob brought all of the interns down to the fishbowl (a semi circular room with a huge projector screen or presentations) and we listened to Dr. Easton describe his work in document restoration. He has been to places all over the world and uses different spectrums of light to draw out the faded text in important historical documents. One that he has been working on for ten + years is the Archimedes Palimpsest; a book written by Archimedes about his theories which was written over again to become a Christian prayerbook. I was shocked anyone would destroy something so important. It was extremely interesting to me, I already love ancient history and if I did not want to be a software engineer I think I would enjoy the field of document restoration.