2018 Talks

The Antikythera Mechanism – A 2000 Year Old Computer

Photograph of Antikythera Mechanism model made by David Goodchild.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018


18.30 - 20.30


Poynting Physics Building, Large lecture Theatre S02 (Second Floor) (R13 on campus map)


Free, booking recommended.

Constructed by Greek scientists during the Hellenistic period (c. 150 to 100 BC), The Antikythera Mechanism is an astronomical computer with working gears and at 2000 years old, is the oldest known advanced scientific instrument.

The device was used to track and calculate the position of the moon, sun and planets, as well as predict the dates of solar and lunar eclipses. It is one of the greatest discoveries of ancient artefacts globally and proves that humans conceived and constructed a Mechanical Cosmos much earlier than we believed.

Join Dr Maria Pavlidou from the School of Physics & Astronomy for this interactive event in which you can hear the latest research on the device, manipulate photographs of the largest archaeological fragments of the Mechanism, and interact with a real model constructed by David Goodchild.

Supported by the Institute of Physics.