Speaker: Professor M Edmunds (University of Cardiff)
Perhaps the most extraordinary surviving relic from the ancient Greek world is a device containing over thirty gear wheels dating from the 1st century B.C. and now known as the Antikythera Mechanism. It is vastly more complicated than any surviving mechanism from the following millennium, and there is no known precursor. It is clear that its purpose was astronomical, including eclipse prediction. In this illustrated talk, Prof Edmunds will outline the results - including a new assessment of the accuracy of the device - which has been using the most modern imaging methods to probe the device and inscriptions. The results show the extraordinary sophistication of the Mechanism's design. There are fundamental implications for the development of Greek astronomy, philosophy and technology.