Alexander Jones's A Portable Cosmos: Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, PDF

By Alexander Jones

ISBN-10: 019973934X

ISBN-13: 9780199739349

From the lifeless Sea Scrolls to the Terracotta military, historical artifacts have lengthy involved the trendy international. in spite of the fact that, the significance of a few discoveries isn't really constantly instantly understood. This was once the case in 1901 whilst sponge divers retrieved a lump of corroded bronze from a shipwreck on the backside of the Mediterranean Sea close to the Greek island of Antikythera. Little did the divers comprehend they'd discovered the oldest identified analog laptop on the planet, an magnificent equipment that when simulated the motions of the celebs and planets as they have been understood by means of old Greek astronomers. Its is still now include eighty two fragments, a lot of them containing gears and plates engraved with Greek phrases, that scientists and students have pieced again jointly via painstaking inspection and deduction, aided by means of radiographic instruments and floor imaging. greater than a century after its discovery, a number of the secrets and techniques locked during this mysterious machine can now be revealed.

In addition to chronicling the not going discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, writer Alexander Jones takes readers via a dialogue of ways the equipment labored, how and for what goal it used to be created, and why it was once on a boat that wrecked off the Greek coast round 60 BC. What the Mechanism has exposed approximately Greco-Roman astronomy and medical expertise, and their position in Greek society, is really extraordinary. The mechanical information that it embodied used to be extra complex than whatever the Greeks have been formerly proposal able to, however the latest learn has published that its screens have been designed in order that an informed layman might comprehend the habit of astronomical phenomena, and the way intertwined they have been with one's common and social atmosphere. It used to be without delay a masterpiece of equipment in addition to one of many first transportable educating units. Written via a world-renowned professional at the Mechanism, A moveable Cosmos will fascinate all readers drawn to old heritage, archaeology, and the heritage of science.

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