The Resource Decoding the heavens : solving the mystery of the world's first computer, Jo Marchant

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

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Decoding the heavens : solving the mystery of the world's first computer
Title
Decoding the heavens
Title remainder
solving the mystery of the world's first computer
Statement of responsibility
Jo Marchant
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Language
eng
Summary
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. Unmatched in complexity for 1000 years, it was able to predict eclipses and track the paths of the Sun and the Moon through the zodiac, and probably even showed ancient astronomers the movements of the five known planets. 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 but in the Islamic world and medieval Europe too. At heart an epic adventure story, it is a book that challenges our assumptions about technology transfer over the ages while giving us fresh insights into history itself
Cataloging source
UKM
Dewey number
681.1110938
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Decoding the heavens : solving the mystery of the world's first computer, Jo Marchant
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.307-318) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • A heoric reconstruction
  • 6.
  • The moon in a box
  • 7.
  • Mechanic's workshop
  • 8.
  • The new boys
  • 9.
  • A stunning idea
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Old man of Syracuse
  • I see dead people
  • 2.
  • An impossible find
  • 3.
  • Treasures of war
  • 4.
  • Rewriting history
  • "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. Unmatched in complexity for 1000 years, it was able to predict eclipses and track the paths of the Sun and the Moon through the zodiac, and probably even showed ancient astronomers the movements of the five known planets." "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 but in the Islamic world and medieval Europe too. At heart an epic adventure story, it is a book that challenges our assumptions about technology transfer over the ages while giving us fresh insights into history itself."--BOOK JACKET
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12362912
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Dimensions
21 cm.
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Extent
328 pages, [4] pages of plates
Isbn
9780434018352
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) TG126006
  • (OCoLC)230989682
  • (BNAtoc)B3845483

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