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A portable cosmos : (Record no. 102213)

000 -LEADER
fixed length control field 02967aam a2200253 i 4500
003 - CONTROL NUMBER IDENTIFIER
control field Uk
005 - DATE AND TIME OF LATEST TRANSACTION
control field 20170727115628.0
008 - FIXED-LENGTH DATA ELEMENTS--GENERAL INFORMATION
fixed length control field 160930t20172017nyua b 001 0 eng
020 ## - INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER
International Standard Book Number 9780199739349 : (hbk)
Terms of availability £22.99
040 ## - CATALOGING SOURCE
Original cataloging agency StDuBDS
Language of cataloging eng
Transcribing agency StDuBDS
Modifying agency IeDuRDS
082 00 - DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION NUMBER
Classification number 522
Edition number 23
100 1# - MAIN ENTRY--PERSONAL NAME
Personal name Jones, Alexander,
9 (RLIN) 122257
245 12 - TITLE STATEMENT
Title A portable cosmos :
Remainder of title revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world /
Statement of responsibility, etc. Alexander Jones.
260 ## - PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION, ETC.
Place of publication, distribution, etc. New York, NY :
Name of publisher, distributor, etc. Oxford University Press,
Date of publication, distribution, etc. 2017
300 ## - PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
Extent xiv, 288 p. :
Other physical details ill. ;
Dimensions 24 cm.
504 ## - BIBLIOGRAPHY, ETC. NOTE
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical references and index.
520 2# - SUMMARY, ETC.
Summary, etc. "From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Terracotta Army, ancient artifacts have long fascinated the modern world. However, the importance of some discoveries is not always immediately understood. This was the case in 1901 when sponge divers retrieved a lump of corroded bronze from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek island of Antikythera. Little did the divers know they had found the oldest known analog computer in the world, an astonishing device that once simulated the motions of the stars and planets as they were understood by ancient Greek astronomers. Its remains now consist of 82 fragments, many of them containing gears and plates engraved with Greek words, that scientists and scholars have pieced back together through painstaking inspection and deduction, aided by radiographic tools and surface imaging. More than a century after its discovery, many of the secrets locked in this mysterious device can now be revealed. In addition to chronicling the unlikely discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, author Alexander Jones takes readers through a discussion of how the device worked, how and for what purpose it was created, and why it was on a ship that wrecked off the Greek coast around 60 BC. What the Mechanism has uncovered about Greco-Roman astronomy and scientific technology, and their place in Greek society, is truly amazing. The mechanical know-how that it embodied was more advanced than anything the Greeks were previously thought capable of, but the most recent research has revealed that its displays were designed so that an educated layman could understand the behavior of astronomical phenomena, and how intertwined they were with one's natural and social environment. It was at once a masterpiece of machinery as well as one of the first portable teaching devices. Written by a world-renowned expert on the Mechanism, A Portable Cosmos will fascinate all readers interested in ancient history, archaeology, and the history of science"--
Assigning source Provided by publisher.
650 #0 - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--TOPICAL TERM
Topical term or geographic name entry element Antikythera mechanism (Ancient calculator)
9 (RLIN) 122258
650 #0 - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--TOPICAL TERM
Topical term or geographic name entry element Astronomy, Ancient
Geographic subdivision Greece.
9 (RLIN) 122259
650 #0 - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--TOPICAL TERM
Topical term or geographic name entry element Science
Geographic subdivision Greece
General subdivision History
Chronological subdivision To 1500.
9 (RLIN) 122260
650 #0 - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--TOPICAL TERM
Topical term or geographic name entry element Technology
Geographic subdivision Greece
General subdivision History
Chronological subdivision To 1500.
9 (RLIN) 122261
651 #0 - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--GEOGRAPHIC NAME
Geographic name Greece
General subdivision Antiquities.
9 (RLIN) 66411
942 ## - ADDED ENTRY ELEMENTS (KOHA)
Source of classification or shelving scheme
Koha item type Loanable Book
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          General Collection Library Library 2017-07-20 2 7 522 JON 000421553 2018-08-21 2018-04-30 2017-07-20 Loanable Book

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