Decoding the Heavens: Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer

Jo Marchant


In 1900 a gaggle of sponge divers blown off target within the Mediterranean came upon an old Greek shipwreck relationship from round 70 BC. mendacity ignored for months among their hard-won haul was once what looked to be a formless lump of corroded rock, which grew to become out to be the main beautiful clinical artefact we now have from antiquity. For greater than a century this 'Antikythera mechanism' wondered teachers, yet now, greater than 2000 years after the machine used to be misplaced at sea, scientists have pieced jointly its difficult workings. In deciphering the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells for the 1st time the tale of the 100-year quest to appreciate this historical computing device. alongside the way in which she reveals a various solid of exceptional characters -- starting from Archimedes to Jacques Cousteau -- and explores the deep roots of recent expertise not just in old Greece, the Islamic international and medieval Europe.

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