Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 March 2017

312 Pages | 41 b/w halftones; 41 b/w line drawings


ISBN: 9780199739349

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A Portable Cosmos

Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, Scientific Wonder of the Ancient World

Alexander Jones

  • Approachable, accurate, well-illustrated explanation of what the Antikythera Mechanism was, what it did, and how it worked, according to the most recent research
  • A new account of the discovery and early study of the Mechanism, based on archival sources
  • Discussion of the most important open questions, including where and when was it made? What was its purpose? How accurate was it?
  • The Mechanism's connections to ancient Greek and Babylonian astronomy, astrology, and physical thought and to ancient society, illustrated through a wide selection of objects as well as translations of texts