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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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 6 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is a combination Roman-era history work, archaeological study, mathematical analysis, and detective novel, all rolled into one — but written more engagingly than any book of history, archaeology, math or forensic analysis.
Marchant studies what is now known as the “Antikythera mechanism”, a remarkable archaeological find dating back to BC. After more than a century of on-again, off-again study, scholars finally in concluded that it yeavens an extremely sophisticated astronomical heaves.
It completely upends centuries of research that has assumed that the Greeks, decding from a handful of scholars such as Euclid, Archimedes and Aristarchus, were relatively backward scientifically.
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Marchant has done her homework well, and has written her topic in a very readable yet uncompromising style. Excellent look at the Antikythera mechanism and how to pronounce it ;- and all the implications.
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You usually have to go to fiction for a story like this. Thank you for making it available to general public. Heaavens the mystery of the world’s first computer by Josephine Marchant.
Once you start reading this book it is very hard to put it down. It is highly interesting and very well documented. Even if you already knew about the Antikythera mechanism beforehand, this book, perhaps, offers new insights due to its very detailed jl.
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I found the book light on the detail i wanted on the astronomy, mechanics and maths, wordy where diagrams would have been clearer, patronizing in other areas e. It also tended to digress.
Not quite the follow up to Freeth’s documentary that i was looking for. One person found this helpful. Author Jo Marchant has created a book that makes the “Indiana Jones” adventure movies seem boring! Her book is not some fictional archeological novel written in some protected writer’s den – but “Decoding the Heavens” is the real deal. The book provides new insights and even greater questions that have been left unanswered by science and history.
The story is absolutely amazing, as told by a talented and gifted writer. She takes history, science and math and weaves a tale that is both entertaining and educational.
The book details more than years of effort to unravel the mysteries surrounding an old Greek device. This old archaeological fragment acts in some ways very much like today’s modern computers, in that it is able to provide data and information. Who designed it and more importantly how – become the quest for the author, as she explored the roots and origins and mysteries of this 2, year old Antikythera mechanism. This is really a surprisingly good read – I was not expecting such a great story.
It is – as the old express goes – a book you cannot put down! A most throughly enjoyable experience and one that leaves you decodiing awe and wonder!
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