Jo Marchant

Jo Marchant is a freelance journalist specialising in science and history. She first heard of the Antikythera mechanism in November 2006, when she was working as an editor at the science journal Nature. A research paper was due to be published revealing the workings of this sophisticated ancient device. The story grabbed her immediately, so she travelled to Athens to see the remains of the mechanism and to meet the scientists who were studying it.

Her feature article, In Search of Lost Time was published in Nature alongside Freeth et al.'s paper. She then wrote a book, Decoding the Heavens, telling the 100-year story of efforts to decode the Antikythera mechanism. The book was published in November 2008 and was shortlisted for the Royal Society science book prize in 2009.

She has since written several other articles about the mechanism, including Archimedes and the 2000-year-old computer for New Scientist, Mechanical Inspiration for Nature, and Return to Antikythera: what divers discovered in the deep for The Guardian. She then wrote The Shadow King: the bizarre afterlife of King Tut's mummy, published in June 2013. Her most recent book, Cure: A journey into the science of mind over body, was published in February 2016.

Antikythera activity
Start Year: 
2006
Occupation: 
Journalist
Involvement: 
Article and/or book author
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