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Decoding the heavens : solving the mystery of the world's first computer

By: Marchant, Jo

0099519763 / 9780099519768
Paperback
681.1'11'0938
18/04/2009
Stock expected by 10/07/2020
England
20 cm 328 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), map, ports. (chiefly col.)
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Reprint. Originally published: London: William Heinemann, 2008.

In 1900 a group of sponge divers blown off course in the Mediterranean discovered an Ancient Greek shipwreck dating from around 70 BC.

Lying unnoticed for months amongst their hard-won haul was what appeared to be a formless lump of corroded rock, which turned out to be the most stunning scientific artefact we have from antiquity.

For more than a century this 'Antikythera mechanism' puzzled academics, but now, more than 2000 years after the device was lost at sea, scientists have pieced together its intricate workings.

In Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells for the first time the story of the 100-year quest to understand this ancient computer.

Along the way she unearths a diverse cast of remarkable characters - ranging from Archimedes to Jacques Cousteau - and explores the deep roots of modern technology not only in Ancient Greece, the Islamic world and medieval Europe.

BIC:

1QDAG Ancient Greece, 3D BCE to c 500 CE, HBLA Ancient history: to c 500 CE, PDX History of science, PGZ Time (chronology), time systems & standards, TBX History of engineering & technology

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