Freitag, 7. Juni 2024 · 20:00 · English lecture

Unlocking a sea secret: the Antikythera Mechanism

Unlocking a sea secret: the Antikythera Mechanism

Lecture by Dr. Markos Skoulatos (TU Munich) – in English

Friday, 7 June 2024, 8 p.m.

Without any doubt, the oldest computer of mankind, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, is the greatest technological achievement of antiquity. A century was necessary in order to reveal its secrets. What is it though, that inspires until now four generations of scientists?
In this talk, we will navigate from its discovery by sponge divers, up to the latest word of modern technology in order to solve its puzzle. I will analyse its functions, epicyclic and differential gearings, the indications it gives us and how to read them. We will see how astronomy, mathematics and engineering, all come together at a small portable mechanical device. At the end, there will be an opportunity to see from close my real model reconstruction. Our purpose is to familiarise with this “mysterious” construction as well as to individually discover what it is that inspires, still, despite 2 millennia from its original construction.

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Tickets € 10/ 7

Admission from 7:45 p.m.

If the skies are clear, guests are invited to visit our rooftop observatory after the talk and enjoy the views with our telescopes.