9780306818615

Decoding the Heavens : A 2,000-Year-Old-Computer--And the Century-Long Search to Discover Its Secrets

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  • ISBN13:

    9780306818615

  • ISBN10:

    0306818612

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/2/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Summary

Marchant details the 100-year quest to decode an ancient Greek computer device. This is the surprising story behind the 2,000-year-old mechanism that challenges modern assumptions about what ancient scientists knew, and the technological equipment they used to understand their world.

Author Biography

Jo Marchant is a science journalist who has worked as a staff reporter and editor for Nature and New Scientist, where she is currently a consultant. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
I See Dead Peoplep. 4
An Impossible Findp. 31
Treasures of Warp. 59
Rewriting Historyp. 93
A Heroic Reconstructionp. 130
The Moon in a Boxp. 159
Mechanic's Workshopp. 187
The New Boysp. 212
A Stunning Ideap. 240
Old Man of Syracusep. 261
Epiloguep. 297
Acknowledgementsp. 301
Picture Creditsp. 305
Sources and Further Readingp. 307
Indexp. 319
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