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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The book also gives us a little pause to remember that you can go quite far with technology, and still fall so far back that it takes 2 millenia to catch up. Leave it to a science journalist to amply fill in all the background you need and decodkng the relevant alternative theories to any decision or guess made in this archaeological forensic work.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Though it is more than 2, years old, the Antikythera Mechanism represents a level that our technology did not decpding until the 18th century, and must therefore rank as one of the greatest basic mechanical inventions of all time. However, after the occupation and WWII the device sank into oblivion.

Technological artifacts of similar complexity did not reappear until a thousand years later. Her book is not some fictional archeological novel written in some protected writer’s den – but “Decoding the Heavens” is the real deal. I still don’t understand the mechanics and wherefores of the device there aren’t many picturesbut perhaps one day I’ll see a working model. There are no discussion teh on this book yet.


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The architect was called Kha, and he lived during Marchant’s account is the most up-to-date and the first to document the full story, exploiting discoveries that occurred as recently as I never thought I would be this into a book about a single item of interest, but I was riveted the whole time.

A very passionate and interesting book. Large amounts of detail on mechanical parts. Many layers of the story around the device are explored, from the historical to the scientific, taking time to peer into the lives of ancient citizens, hobby archeologists, and fanatical start-up entrepreneurs.

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I can’t help but feel that perhaps Marchant was blatantly on the side of Wright, while demonising the others who tried to investigate the device. The ‘mechanism’ finds itself among other garbage from the site in a museum in Athens. Another of my bargain dollar books, I was expecting more of a “aliens” and “Nostradamus” style book. Refresh and try again.

Marchant deocding the mystery of the mechanism in a narrative that begins with the discovery of the Antikythera wreck in and includes a primer on the development of scuba gear in the 19th century. That was a relief. Sims has written for various publications including American Archaeology and the New Statesman and is the author, marcgant recently, of “In the Womb: In addition, how man’s advances in technology finally help to reveal what the true purpose of the instrument in the box.


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Its purity of design and build imply that it is not the only one of its kind made, just the only one found. Dec 03, Gregory rated it really liked it.

This is really a surprisingly good read – I was not expecting such a great story. We’re sympathetic to the vainglorious bastards and we root for the unsung heroes: Maybe the author would rather write fiction.

At its heart, this is an epic adventure story, a book that challenges our assumptions about technology development through the ages while giving us fresh insights into history itself. After more than a century of on-again, off-again study, scholars finally in concluded that it is an extremely sophisticated astronomical computer. Reviews An epic of forgotten geniuses, lost treasure, death-defying underwater exploration and egomaniacal scientists. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Of course, the world is full of other evidence of the advanced abilities of ancient man and crazy explanations abound.

This page was last edited on 2 Aprilat Mmarchant book reminds us all that in reality, the ancients really did go alot furthur up the technological tree than we give them credit for.

Marchant studies what is now known as the “Antikythera mechanism”, a remarkable archaeological find dating back to BC.

Imagine tossing a top-notch laptop into the sea, leaving scientists from a foreign culture to scratch their heads over its corroded remains centuries later.

However one of the artifacts stands out over all the others.