Decoding the Heavens

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In 1900 a group of sponge divers blown off course in the Mediterranean discovered an Ancient Greek shipwreck dating from around 70 BC. What appeared to be a formless lump of corroded rock, turned out to be the stunning scientific artefact we have from antiquity. This title tells the story of the 100-year quest to understand this ancient computer.
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ISBN-13: 9780099519768
ISBN-10: 0099519763
Pagini: 336
Ilustrații: col. Illustrations, maps.
Dimensiuni: 130 x 197 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Cornerstone
Locul publicării: United Kingdom


"Though it is more than 2,000 years old, the Antikythera Mechanism represents a level that our technology did not match until the 18th century, and must therefore rank as one of the greatest basic mechanical inventions of all time. I hope [this] book will rekindle interest in this artefact, which still remains under-rated" -- Arthur C. Clarke "Sunken treasure. A mysterious artefact. Scrambled inscriptions. Warring academic egos. Technology 1,000 years before its time. [This] tale of a wondrous relic ... sounds like pulp fiction. But it's all true ... Puts ancient Greece in a whole new light" The Independent "A fabulous piece of storytelling, thick with plot, intrigue, science, historical colour and metaphysical speculation. The mechanism is fascinating - but the larger question of why its knowledge was lost, and what else with it, is mind-blowing" Metro "An informative and thoroughly researched book" -- Andrew Crumey Scotland on Sunday "A dizzyingly brilliant thing ... the Antikythera mechanism bears a chilling message for our technological age" Telegraph

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Jo Marchant is a science journalist who has worked as a staff reporter and editor for Nature and New Scientist, where she is currently a consultant. She lives in London.