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In her book Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells the story of an ancient Greek artefact called the Antikythera mechanism. It was discovered. Roman Aqueducts and Water Supply by A. Trevor Hodge The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox Decoding the Heavens by Jo Marchant A LM IA Ceramic. We all know about the ancient Greeks’ abilities in art and philosophy, but, as this enlightening book tells us, they also made the world’s first.

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It plods along at a glacial pace. The final section on who designed if not built the device is fascinating.

Feb 07, Robin Rivers rated it it was amazing Shelves: Researchers who contributed to the study were rear admiral John Theophanidis, the German expert Albert Rehm who suffered during WWII and after, being a maverick opposed both to the Nazis and to the victors in the warRados, Rediadis etc. Makes for fascinating reading. Another of my bargain dollar books, I was expecting more of a “aliens” and “Nostradamus” style book. Once you start reading this book it is very hard to put it down.

The very conception of the artifact that experts call the “Antikythera device” is outrageous, aside from its brilliant engineering. All in all, research continues, and a new mysterious artefact is presented in another museum.

Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer and the Century-Long Search to Discover Its Secrets

Technological artifacts of similar complexity did not reappear until a thousand years later. And it is a true story. This predates clockwork mechanisms in wide public use by millennium, and challenges the long-held belief that such science originated in Europe. It was as old as the rest, dating from the first century A.

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Overall, a good read. Animals From the National Geographic Society. Of course, the world is full of other evidence of the advanced abilities of ancient man and crazy explanations abound. Its importance marchsnt scientific history cannot be underestimated: She lives in London. Thank you for making it available to general public. The book describes how the work of several very dedicated reasearchers worked for years to find out what the box was meant to do.


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It is believed to have been built about — BC and yet the delicate bronze clockwork it embodies would not be known to Europe until the Middle Ages.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the ancient world as now, the route saw heavy traffic between the Ionian and Aegean seas.

Author Jo Marchant has created a book that makes the “Indiana Jones” adventure movies seem boring! Edcoding 20, Genevieve rated it really liked it Shelves: This book lives up to its promise of providing a seemingly solid solution to this fragmentary technological marvel. Definately an interesting book geavens what it contains rather than the book itself. The writing is accessible and lively; at times a little too journalist-y for my tastes, but very readable.

They expanded on the complexity again, indicating that the zodiac, sun, moon and even eclipses could be predicted using the Antikythera mechanism. There are plenty of unsolved historical mysteriesbut most are along the lines of the opaque cipher of the 15th century Voynich manuscript.

I also was intrigued by the incorporation of information on te and the history of archaeological findings at sea. Many layers of the story around the device are explored, from the historical to the scientific, taking time to peer into the lives of ancient citizens, hobby archeologists, and fanatical start-up entrepreneurs.

A paper published last week on the physics preprint server suggests that the mysterious object in this picture, found in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian architect, could have been used as one.

No, surely it’s the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, with its thousands of life-size terra cotta decdoing. We will likely never know for oj but speculation sure is fun.


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Written with the flare of a detective story and the credibility of a science writer, Marchant’s book is a fantastic introduction to a machine that has to be read about to be believed. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In her busy, elegant narrative, Marchant asks this question about the Antikythera device — and, more impressively, she answers it.

See 1 question about Decoding the Heavens…. Marchant broke down complex realities and interwove the relationships of the scientists involved at every l Jo Marchant reveals her ease with translating scientific speak into th adventure that drives readers of all kinds right to the very end of this fantastic book.

I, like most people used to tend to think of the ancient world as this place where the most advanced science and tech was a rather nice plumbing and heating system that we caught up to technologically in the 14th century. Apr 04, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: This nonfiction work reads like a mystery story.

Though it is more than 2, 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. Ina perplexing artifact was discovered in an ancient shipwreck in the eastern Mediterranean. It shows up in most books about ancient technology, alongside diagrams of the mechanical singing birds of Crete and the possibility that the Nazca of Peru invented the first passenger balloons.

One of the first to attempt to decipher the device was science historian, Derek De Solla Price, who said: Everything in moderation and such.

You usually have to go to fiction for a story like this.