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Open Dome Event - The Antikythera Mechanism

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20:00 – 22:00 28 Oct 2015
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Nottingham Trent University
Clifton campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

Speakers: Prof M Edmunds (Cardiff University)

Prof M Edmunds (Cardiff University) in his talk The Antikythera Mechanism and the Mechanical Universe will be talking about an ancient mechanical artefact dating back more than 2,000 years. He will be illustrating that by the mid-18th Century the world view was of a system constrained by physical laws. These laws, showed regularity and could be handled mathematically to provide both explanation and prediction of celestial phenomena. Recent investigations based around the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek artefact from around 100 BC, reinforce a view that the 'mechanical' conception has been around for a much longer time. The discovery of the structure and functions of the Antikythera Mechanism will be described, and a strong claim will be made that knowledge of mechanical representations of the Universe was critical in the development of cosmology and philosophy.

This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.

Booking is required for this event. While attending this event you consent to filming, photography and sound recording which may include you as a member of the audience and its use in publication or advertising distribution either printed or online without payment or copyright.

This event is free and open to all. Booking is required for this event. Places can be booked via the website http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/events/9/home.aspx/event/170314/default/open_dome_event_-_the_antikythera_mechanism

While attending this event you consent to filming, photography and sound recording which may include you as a member of the audience and its use in publication or advertising distribution either printed or online without payment or copyright.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: NTU
Contact details: Dan Brown, daniel.brown02@ntu.ac.uk

http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/events/9/home.aspx/event/170314/default/open_dome_event_-_the_antikythera_mechanism


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NG11 8NS
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