SO Coloquio: The Antikythera Mechanism and the Mechanical Universe

The Antikythera Mechanism. An astronomical calculator and display device found in a first century BCE shipwreck, it is mechanically more sophisticated than anything known from the subsequent millennium. I want to argue that we should be showing admiration rather than amazement, and that the Mechanism fits rather well into its historic context. But this fit has major implications for the development of humanity’s view of the Universe.

02/06/2022 - 12:30
Prof. Michael G. Edmunds
President Royal Astronomical Society, UK.