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The Resource A portable cosmos : revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world, Alexander Jones

A portable cosmos : revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world, Alexander Jones

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A portable cosmos : revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world
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A portable cosmos
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revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world
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Alexander Jones
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eng
Summary
  • "From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Terracotta Army, ancient artifacts have long fascinated the modern world. However, the importance of some discoveries is not always immediately understood. This was the case in 1901 when sponge divers retrieved a lump of corroded bronze from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek island of Antikythera. Little did the divers know they had found the oldest known analog computer in the world, an astonishing device that once simulated the motions of the stars and planets as they were understood by ancient Greek astronomers. Its remains now consist of 82 fragments, many of them containing gears and plates engraved with Greek words, that scientists and scholars have pieced back together through painstaking inspection and deduction, aided by radiographic tools and surface imaging. More than a century after its discovery, many of the secrets locked in this mysterious device can now be revealed. In addition to chronicling the unlikely discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, author Alexander Jones takes readers through a discussion of how the device worked, how and for what purpose it was created, and why it was on a ship that wrecked off the Greek coast around 60 BC. What the Mechanism has uncovered about Greco-Roman astronomy and scientific technology, and their place in Greek society, is truly amazing. The mechanical know-how that it embodied was more advanced than anything the Greeks were previously thought capable of, but the most recent research has revealed that its displays were designed so that an educated layman could understand the behavior of astronomical phenomena, and how intertwined they were with one's natural and social environment. It was at once a masterpiece of machinery as well as one of the first portable teaching devices. Written by a world-renowned expert on the Mechanism, A Portable Cosmos will fascinate all readers interested in ancient history, archaeology, and the history of science"--
  • "The Antikythera Mechanism, now 82 small fragments of corroded bronze, was an ancient Greek machine simulating the cosmos as the Greeks understood it. Reflecting the most recent researches, A Portable Cosmos presents it as a gateway to Greek astronomy and technology and their place in Greco-Roman society and thought"--
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Jones, Alexander,
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non fiction
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  • Antikythera mechanism (Ancient calculator)
  • Astronomy, Ancient
  • Calendar, Greek
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Antikythera mechanism (Ancient calculator)
  • Antiquities
  • Astronomy, Ancient
  • Calendar, Greek
  • HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
  • Intellectual life
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Antikythēra Island (Greece)
  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Greece
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A portable cosmos : revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world, Alexander Jones
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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  • cartographic image
  • still image
  • text
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Contents
The wreck and the discovery -- The investigations -- Looking at the mechanism -- Calendars and games -- Stars, sun, and moon -- Eclipses -- The wanderers -- Hidden workings -- The meaning of the mechanism
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EBC4773422
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1 online resource
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online
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Limited to one user at a time
Isbn
9780190618582
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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illustrations, map
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not applicable
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unknown sound
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remote
Label
A portable cosmos : revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world, Alexander Jones
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • cri
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The wreck and the discovery -- The investigations -- Looking at the mechanism -- Calendars and games -- Stars, sun, and moon -- Eclipses -- The wanderers -- Hidden workings -- The meaning of the mechanism
Control code
EBC4773422
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Limited to one user at a time
Isbn
9780190618582
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote

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