Artifact Details

Title

Secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism

Catalog Number

102740125

Type

Moving image

Date

2015-05-13

Participants

Alexopoulos, Nicolaos G., Speaker
Dzambazova, Tatjana, Speaker
Foley, Brendan, Speaker
Hawley, Michael, Speaker
Knowles, Jonathan, Speaker
Wright, Michael, Speaker

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Duration

03:11:22

Format

MOV

Description

In 1900, sponge divers off the coast of the tiny Greek island of Antikythera made an astonishing discovery: the wreck of an ancient Roman ship lay 200 feet beneath the water, its dazzling cargo spread out over the ocean floor. Among the life-size statues and amphorae was an encrusted piece of metal, which after nearly a century of investigation, is finally revealing its secrets. Called the Antikythera Mechanism, study has shown that this improbably preserved object is actually an ancient Greek astronomical computer of a technical sophistication not seen until the clock making traditions of Medieval Europe—1,500 years after the Mechanism is believed to have been made (about 200 BC).Recent advances in computer imaging as well as painstaking scholarship have finally elucidated nearly all details of the Mechanism.

Join us as we dive into the mysterious history of the Antikythera Mechanism, guided by several world experts: marine archeologist Brendan Foley will describe his 2014 diving expedition to the original Antikythera wreck site; Michael Wright, former curator of mechanical engineering at the Science Museum in London, will describe the structure and recreation of the Mechanism at University College London and will be bringing a model of the device to the Museum for audience members to explore, and professor Nicolaos Alexopoulos will discuss sociology, engineering, and science in ancient Greece.

Category

Lecture

Collection Title

CHM lecture collection

Series Title

CHM Soundbytes

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7525.2015