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A portable cosmos

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This book is in a used 'like new' condition. It has its original dust jacket which is showing minor shelf-wear. The contents are described as:  In 1901 divers salvaging antiquities from a Hellenistic shipwreck serendipitously recovered the shattered and corroded remains of an ancient Greek gear-driven device, now known as the Antikythera Mechanism. Since its discovery, scholars relying on direct inspection and on increasingly powerful radiographic tools and surface imaging have successfully reconstructed most of the functions and workings of the Mechanism. It was a machine simulating the cosmos as the Greeks
understood it, with a half dozen dials displaying coordinated cycles of time and the movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets.

A Portable Cosmos presents the Antikythera Mechanism as a gateway to understanding Greek astronomy and scientific technology and their place in Greco-Roman society and thought. Although the Mechanism has long had the reputation of being an object we would not have expected the ancient world to have produced, the most recent researches have revealed that its displays were designed so that an educated layman would see how astronomical phenomena were intertwined with one's natural and social
environment. It was at once a masterpiece of the genre of wonder-working devices that mimicked nature by means concealed from the viewer, and a mobile textbook of popular science.

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Author(s):
Alexander Jones
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
238x173x24
EAN-13:
9780199739349
Edition:
2017
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780199739349
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
OUP USA

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This book is in a used 'like new' condition. It has its original dust jacket which is showing minor shelf-wear. The contents are described as:  In 1901 divers salvaging antiquities from a Hellenistic shipwreck serendipitously recovered the shattered and corroded remains of an ancient Greek gear-driven device, now known as the Antikythera Mechanism. Since its discovery, scholars relying on direct inspection and on increasingly powerful radiographic tools and surface imaging have successfully reconstructed most of the functions and workings of the Mechanism. It was a machine simulating the cosmos as the Greeks
understood it, with a half dozen dials displaying coordinated cycles of time and the movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets.

A Portable Cosmos presents the Antikythera Mechanism as a gateway to understanding Greek astronomy and scientific technology and their place in Greco-Roman society and thought. Although the Mechanism has long had the reputation of being an object we would not have expected the ancient world to have produced, the most recent researches have revealed that its displays were designed so that an educated layman would see how astronomical phenomena were intertwined with one's natural and social
environment. It was at once a masterpiece of the genre of wonder-working devices that mimicked nature by means concealed from the viewer, and a mobile textbook of popular science.

Author(s):
Alexander Jones
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
238x173x24
EAN-13:
9780199739349
Edition:
2017
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780199739349
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
OUP USA

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