By Jo Marchant
In 1900 a gaggle of sponge divers blown off beam within the Mediterranean stumbled on an historical Greek shipwreck relationship from round 70 BC. mendacity not noted for months among their hard-won haul was once what seemed to be a formless lump of corroded rock, which became out to be the main lovely clinical artefact now we have from antiquity. For greater than a century this 'Antikythera mechanism' questioned lecturers, yet now, greater than 2000 years after the gadget was once misplaced at sea, scientists have pieced jointly its elaborate workings. In deciphering the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells for the 1st time the tale of the 100-year quest to appreciate this old desktop. alongside the best way she reveals a various forged of outstanding characters -- starting from Archimedes to Jacques Cousteau -- and explores the deep roots of contemporary know-how not just in historic Greece, the Islamic global and medieval Europe.
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C Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002 ESO Symposia: Lighthouses of the Universe, pp. 51–62, 2002. c Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002 ESO Symposia: Lighthouses of the Universe, pp. 63–68, 2002.
Decoding the Heavens: Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer by Jo Marchant