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The Antikythera mechanism and the mechanical universe

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18:30 – 18:30 8 Mar 2016
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University of Liverpool, Chadwick Lecture Theatre: Building 207, L69 7ZX

Speakers: Professor Mike Edmunds, Cardiff University

Perhaps the most extraordinary surviving relic from the Ancient Greek world is an intricate device containing more than 30 gear wheels, dating from the 1st century BC, known as the Antikythera mechanism. Here, I will outline the results of using modern imaging methods to probe its structure and function. I will also show what may have happened to this technology until it suddenly blossomed as clockwork around AD 1200, and make the strong claim that such sophisticated mechanical representations of the universe may have been fundamental in the development of philosophy, cosmology and mechanics.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Institute of Physics Merseyside Branch
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