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Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer--and the Century-long Search to Discover Its Secrets [Paperback]

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A book by Jo Marchant

Starred Review. Marchant, editor of New Science, relates the century-long struggle of competing amateurs and scientists to understand the secrets of a 2000-year-old clock-like mechanism found in 1901 by Greek divers off the coast of Antikythera, a small … see full wiki

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A read almost as fast as the storyline.

  • Jul 9, 2010

Not only was this an excellent historical piece, it was a very exciting work of mystery and suspense to see who could cross the finish line first to discover the real function of a nearly two thousand year old computer called the Antikythera device.  This device was found by divers off the coast of Antikythera around the time of the turn of the 20th century.  Although it was corroded by sea water, x-rays showed it had a complex system of gears within its walls.  I would recommend this book to anyone interested in ancient civilizations and the technology used by the ancients.  Amid all the hoopla of extraterrestrial involvement in ancient times, this book places our ancestors in a light of intelligence rather than subservience to alien influence. This story goes behind the academic  facade of archaeological exploration.  It bemuses one man's vainglory and profit at the behest of another man's life dream.  Decoding the Heavens is as dry a piece as the Mediterranean is wet.  It is an adventure that spans the distance of a quaint museum to a prestigious university in Australia.  It is as near an Indiana Jones story line as the real world allows.  At times the technical description of the antikythera mechanism was a bit confusing, but I do not really see that that was really the main focus of the author.  

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