Decoding the Heavens
A 2,000-Year-Old Computer -- And the Century-Long Search to Discover Its Secrets
ISBN10: 0306818612 ISBN13: 9780306818615 Publisher: Perseus Book Group Published: Mar 2 2010 Pages: 328 Weight: 0.75lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.75" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
In Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells for the first time the full story of the hundred-year quest to decipher the ancient Greek computer known as the Antikythera Mechanism. Along the way she unearths a diverse cast of remarkable characters and explores the deep roots of modern technology in ancient Greece and the medieval European and Islamic worlds. At its heart, this is an epic adventure and mystery, a book that challenges our assumptions about technology through the ages.