More than a hundred years ago an extraordinary mechanism was found by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near the island of Antikythera. It astonished the experts on the ancient world. Was it an astrolabe? Was it an astronomical clock? Or something else? It dates from around the end of the 2nd century B.C. and is the most sophisticated mechanism known from the ancient world. The mechanism is now understood to be dedicated to astronomical phenomena and operates as a complex mechanical "computer" which tracks the cycles of the Solar System. Professor Edmunds, Chair of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, will tell us what we know and what we still don’t know about this fascinating object.
Meetings will start at 4:30pm and finish at approximately 5:45pm
All are welcome, admission is free.