Using science to read the Archimedes palimpsest

In a TEDTalks video on YouTube, ancient books curator William Noel discusses "the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others." (video)

According to Noel, a particle accelerator was used to help read the two-thousand-year-old manuscript that was practically destroyed by natural and human sources.