Thursday, September 27, 2018
Book Nerds Use Science to Decipher Ancient, Destroyed Scrolls
Every book nerd is still upset about the Library of Alexandria. But the library of Herculaneum might not be as lost as we thought. Mount Vesuvius did a number on the 1800 scrolls in 79 CE, and the library was buried under 80 feet of ash which hardened into stone. But, according to Jake Rossen of Mental Floss, researchers at the University of Kentucky are using CT scanners, computer modeling and artificial intelligence to unwrap and read two scrolls virtually. For the whole story, check out Mental Floss.