By Rowan Hooper. Amongst the treasures of one of the richest hauls of ancient Greek statues ever found was what appeared to be a corroded lump of bronze. The Antikythera mechanism , as it became known, was more than years old. Who could have built such a machine? What was it for?
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Technological artifacts of similar complexity did not reappear until a thousand years later. Marchant approaches the mystery of the mechanism in a narrative that begins with the discovery of the Antikythera wreck in and includes a primer on the development of scuba gear in the 19th century.
Throughout the book, Marchant weaves ancient history with the lives and travails of the handful of contemporary scientists who bucked conventional wisdom with their belief that the mechanism embodied technological and mathematical expertise thought to be impossible for its time. It is believed to have been built about — BC and yet the delicate bronze clockwork it embodies would not be known to Europe until the Middle Ages. The author acknowledges p.
The project has published a commentary  that sets out problems with the book's account of their work. The book's account of the collaboration between Michael Wright and Allan Bromley is disputed. The book was first published in November in hardback by William Heinemann Ltd. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Publication date. A Roman shipmaster inadvertently did something just like it 2, years ago off southern Greece, experts said late Thursday. Categories : non-fiction books 21st-century history books History books about Greece Technology books Heinemann publisher books.
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Sunken treasure. A mysterious artefact. Scrambled inscriptions. Warring academic egos. Technology 1, years before its time.
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