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

Jo Marchant (Author)
Backorder

Description

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.

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, the Islamic world and medieval Europe.

Product Details

Price
£9.99  £9.29
Publisher
Cornerstone
Publish Date
6 August 2009
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780099519768

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favourite books through our Affiliate programme.

Become an affiliate