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Decoding the Heavens: Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer.

Decoding de·code  
tr.v. de·cod·ed, de·cod·ing, de·codes
1. To convert from code into plain text.

2. To convert from a scrambled electronic signal into an interpretable one.

 the Heavens: Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer. Jo Marchant. William Heinemann William Heinemann (18 May 1863 – 5 October 1920) was the founder of the Heinemann publishing house in London.

He was born in 1863, in Surbiton, Surrey. In his early life he wanted to be a musician, either as a performer or a composer, but, realising that he lacked the
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 978-0-434-01835-2. Dr Marchant is an editor at New Scientist, and here describes a discovery (1901) and a search. The discovery was of a device, which dates from ca. 70 BC, that looked like the inside of an alarm clock' with at least 30 gear wheels. It was named the 'Antikythera mechanism' in honour Honour or honor (see spelling differences), is the evaluation of a person’s trustworthiness and social status based on that individual's espousals and actions.  of its place of discovery. The search was to discover what the device, which resembles an early computer, was meant to do. Dr Marchant describes the attempts over the past 108 years to learn what this mechanism did. Although research continues, scientists now believe that it 'displayed the state of the skies at any chosen moment ... [and] incorporated sophisticated astronomy astronomy, branch of science that studies the motions and natures of celestial bodies, such as planets, stars, and galaxies; more generally, the study of matter and energy in the universe at large.  theory' in order (a) to cast horoscopes or (b) to demonstrate 'the workings of the heavens' for religious or philosophical purposes. (It could, for example, predict eclipses.) Of even greater importance is our altered views of Greek civilisation and on our understanding of mechanical 'progress'. (J.T.D.R.)
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Date:Sep 22, 2009
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