Jo Marchant - Author of Decoding The Heavens


I am a freelance journalist specialising in science and history. My writing has appeared in publications including New Scientist, The Guardian and The Economist, and until recently I worked as opinion editor at New Scientist magazine in London. The idea for this book came about in November 2006, when I was an editor at the science journal Nature. A research paper was due to be published revealing the workings of a sophisticated ancient device called the Antikythera mechanism. The story grabbed me immediately, and I was desperate to find out more about this mysterious contraption. I travelled to Athens to see the remains of the mechanism, and to meet those who have studied it and hear their stories. The result is Decoding the Heavens.

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