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The Antikythera Mechanism

Featuring the reconstruction of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Temporary exhibition, February-April 2015

The Ure Museum is delighted to host a temporary exhibit of a reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism thanks to the generosity of Prof. Seiradakis and the assistance of Magda Nikoli.

The Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek bronze astronomical instrument, is the oldest surviving item with gears thus the world's first (analog) computer, constructed about 2000 years ago. It was used in order to calculate the precise position of the sun, the moon and possibly the planets in the sky. It exhibits exceptional knowledge of the science of astronomy and mathematics combined with an exceptionally high level of craftsmanship. The exhibit considers its discovery off the island of Antikythera, Greece, in 1900, the construction and operation of the Mechanism itself, including its manual, and recent research and scholarship that has contributed to Professor Seiradakis' model.

While visiting the display don't miss the opportunity to peruse relevant videos on our Ipad.

Further information is available at http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/

For related videos see http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/media/movies

For more information of Prof. Seiradakis please see http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/project/team/academic/john-seiradakis

 

For more information on the exhibit in the Ure please do not hesitate to contact ure@reading.ac.uk

 

The exhibit is the third appearance of the reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism in the Ure Museum, the first a lecture by Michael Wright from London, in February 2012; (see his youtube video here) second at a pop-up exhibit of Professor Xenophon Moussas' reconstruction on 22 October 2014, with a lecture in collaboration with the School of Systems Engineering.

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