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, old artifacts have lengthy interested the fashionable international. even if, the significance of a few discoveries isn't really constantly instantly understood. This used to be 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 that they had came across the oldest recognized analog desktop on the earth, an magnificent equipment that after simulated the motions of the celebs and planets as they have been understood by way of old Greek astronomers. Its is still now include eighty two fragments, lots of them containing gears and plates engraved with Greek phrases, that scientists and students have pieced again jointly via painstaking inspection and deduction, aided via radiographic instruments and floor imaging. greater than a century after its discovery, some of the secrets and techniques locked during this mysterious gadget can now be revealed.

In addition to chronicling the not likely discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, writer Alexander Jones takes readers via a dialogue of the way the machine labored, how and for what function it used to be created, and why it used to be on a boat that wrecked off the Greek coast round 60 BC. What the Mechanism has exposed approximately Greco-Roman astronomy and clinical expertise, and their position in Greek society, is really striking. The mechanical knowledge that it embodied was once extra complex than something the Greeks have been formerly idea in a position to, however the most up-to-date examine has published that its monitors have been designed in order that an informed layman may perhaps comprehend the habit of astronomical phenomena, and the way intertwined they have been with one's ordinary and social surroundings. It used to be straight away a masterpiece of equipment in addition to one of many first moveable instructing units. Written by means of a world-renowned professional at the Mechanism, A moveable Cosmos will fascinate all readers attracted to old heritage, archaeology, and the background of science.

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