Notes and Comments on "Decoding the Heavens"

A book about the Antikythera Mechanism, "Decoding the Heavens: Solving the mystery of the world's first computer" by science writer Jo Marchant, was published in 2008.

The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, which with its research and publications on the Mechanism, initiated the recent and growing interest in this unique artifact, welcomes and encourages any further publicity, especially when it engages a wide public audience.

It is our view that Marchant’s very readable book unfortunately contains some misinterpretations of the science, and many misattributions of credit among academic researchers which could affect interpretation of the history of research on the Mechanism.

The publisher of the Greek edition usefully added an extensive corpus of explanatory footnotes. The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project has subsequently compiled a more complete list of notes and comments, which is made available here (see pdf attachment below).

The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project