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Library Resource Kit


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Welcome to NOVA's Infinite Secrets Library Resource Kit. We have developed this kit to accompany NOVA's "Infinite Secrets" program, a tale of Archimedes and his lost manuscript, which will air September 30, 2003. We hope you will use this kit to create displays, conduct science activities, and plan community events to help engage your audiences in the excitement of science. All PDF pages have been designed to be reproducible, so you can copy them for your visitors. Your kit includes the materials listed on this page.

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Science Lesson
In September, look for a classroom activity that demonstrates how to duplicate Archimedes' method for estimating the value of pi. For grades 6-8, 9-12. Find it at: www.pbs.org/nova/teachers/activities/3010_archimed.html


Archimedes and the Palimpsest
Learn about Archimedes, his hidden manuscript, and the NOVA program that features him.


Program Ideas and Tips
Find tip sheets to help you incorporate NOVA's "Infinite Secrets" into your event and program schedule and ideas for how you can work with partner organizations to interest your audiences in Archimedes and other scientists. Tip sheets include:

  • Programs and Events
  • Library Resource Activities
  • Library Display Ideas
  • Resources for Programs and Events

Bibliography
Use the bibliography to create displays and reference games, or help visitors learn more about Archimedes. The bibliography includes resources for:

  • Archimedes
  • Math and Mathematicians
  • Ancient Machines and Inventions
  • History of Books and Bookmaking

Archimedes Handouts
Use the reproducible handouts with program and event ideas or copy them to hand out to visitors.


Display Sheets
Use the sheets to create or supplement a display on Archimedes.


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Infinite Secrets Web Site Content
Contemplating Infinity

Contemplating Infinity
Philosophically, the concept remains a mind-bender.

Working with Infinity

Working with Infinity
Mathematicians have become increasingly comfortable with the concept.

Great Surviving Manuscripts

Great Surviving Manuscripts
Ancient documents offer a tantalizing glimpse of lost cultures.

The Archimedes Palimpsest

The Archimedes Palimpsest
Follow the 1,000-year-long journey of the Archimedes manuscript.

Approximating Pi

Approximating Pi
See Archimedes' geometrical approach to estimating pi.



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