AN ANCIENT GREEK COMPUTER

September 8, 2023 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

The John D. Mackay Memorial Lecture

It used bronze gears to predict the position of sun, moon and planets – and eclipses as well. It was recovered in 1901 from an ancient Greek shipwreck, greatly corroded and encrusted, but over decades researchers have applied techniques to reveal its original form. Dr Vassilios Spathopoulos tells the story of the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism and shows a working model of a machine that was in action at the time of Caesar and Cleopatra.

Tickets £6 & £4 can be booked through this LINK.

 

Supported by the Institute of Physics

The full working model of the Antikythera mechanism will be exhibited at Stromness Museum on Tuesday 12 September between 1pm and 3pm. Price included in museum entry ticket.

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