Mathesis The Antikythera Mechanism (free)


It has been 120 years since a group of sponges from Symi accidentally discovered an ancient shipwreck outside Antikythera.

Among the findings, what undoubtedly captures the interest of the public and the scientific community is the famous Antikythera Mechanism.

More than 2.000 years after its construction, the mechanism that is now considered the oldest known astronomical computer has revealed many of its secrets.

According to Professor Giannis Seiradakis, "the Antikythera Mechanism is, for technology, the Acropolis for architecture." But there are still unanswered questions that still arouse our curiosity and imagination.

In this course, among other things, we will explore how the Mechanism works and the technological wonders it hides, we will discuss the amazing astronomical calculations it performed, we will try to represent it through exact copies and we will read together its "user manual".

Above all, however, we will make an imaginary journey from the ancient Greek technology of the 2nd century BC. in today's scientific studies, from the archeological excavations of the beginning of the last century to the most recent underwater excavations and from the small island of Antikythera to the celestial phenomena studied by our ancestors.

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