Decoding the Heavens
A 2,000-year-old Computer--and the Century-long Search to Discover Its SecretsBook - 2009
Decodes the mystery of the two-thousand-year-old Antikythera mechanism that was found at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea a century ago and discusses how it was used in ancient times to calculate the movements of the sun, moon, and planets of the zodiac.
In Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant details for the first time the hundred-year quest to decode 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, but in the Islamic world and medieval Europe. 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.