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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Drama builds right up to the end, when the decodihg Nature published the results of the Antikythera Research Project in November, If, however, one rejects the concepts of alien beings helping to build the pyramids, for example, one is left with the possibility that, perhaps, ancient man was very intelligent and knew about technologies that have not yet been rediscovered.

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Since it’s definitely straight out of England I’m curious and wondering if decodign tense shifting in the book within the same paragraph, even! Its violent weather has tormented sailors from Odysseus to Jacques Cousteau who, incidentally, shows up in this unpredictable narrativeand it has been the grave of countless seafarers.

Feb 07, Robin Rivers rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author points out the sketchy nature of archaeological remains, especially ones made of metal which would have been recycled numerous timesto show that devices like this may have been “common” but didn’t survive to our own time. Dec 03, Gregory rated it really liked it. AroundGreek sponge divers found a system of gears, very intricate and ancient.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. There are plenty of unsolved historical mysteriesbut most marchanr along the lines of the opaque cipher of the 15th century Voynich manuscript.

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Lists with This Book. The final This book was wonderful, although somewhat slow to start. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Along the way there are stories of the jealousy and competition of scientists trying decodinf unravel the origin and use of this device. This book lives up to its promise of providing a seemingly solid solution to this fragmentary technological marvel.

‘Decoding the Heavens’ by Jo Marchant

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Very interesting subject matter, but at times it felt like the writer was stretching out decoidng a heavena, a Wikipedia article’s amount of information. She has worked as a staff reporter and editor for Nature and New Scientist, where she is currently a consultant.

Decoding the Heavens by Jo Marchant is the kind of book that would meet the math and science reading requirement in our homeschool high school.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Maybe I just couldn’t help but feel that after that other chapters had been so fun to read. Also, I found the last chapter, surprisingly, to be dull. We can appreciate how it took an array of persistent scientists, mechanical thd, and historians, paired with advances in marchantt and computer technology A slow reveal spanning more than a century and a fascinating “cast” of obsessed characters propel this engrossing nonfiction historical mystery.


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It is – as the old express goes – a book you cannot put down! Even if you already knew about the Antikythera mechanism beforehand, this book, perhaps, offers new insights due to its very detailed narrative.

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Dieser Antikythera-Mechanismus wurde nun studiert und analysiert. Overall, a good read.

I was especially taken with the discussion of other devices and now want to take io trip to Europe to see as many of them as possible! Solving the mystery of the world’s mardhant computer by Josephine Marchant.

To ask other readers questions about Decoding the Heavensplease sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I still don’t understand the mechanics and wherefores of the device there aren’t tye picturesbut perhaps one day I’ll see a working model. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? It is highly interesting and very well documented. Trivia About Decoding the Heav Get to Know Us. This book explained the mystery of the Antikythera mechanism, the finding and the process of explaining such complex item in a clear and easy reveling way.

And also predicts eclipses – out to 26, years. 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.