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Antikythera Mechanism


last Web page update March 09 2009. Antikythera images used here are with permission, Copyright 2006 Antikythera Mechanism Research Project.

In 2007 I did a personal study of the Greek astronomical computer known as the Antikythera Mechanism. It was found a century ago in waters off the Antikythera Island near Greece. It was known for decades to be some kind of mechanical device from early Greece. Recent studies with X-ray tomography and digital imaging has clearly identified this as an astronomical mechanical computer which can predict eclipses and planetary positions. It's an extraordinary device.

In 2007 I read an article in Nature magazine about these studies, and contacted the authors to get more information about the device. They were very generous and provided additional images. I was able to assist them with some indexing of those images versus the many fragments of the Mechanism. You can see the index I produced, and references to the article and authors, at this Web page.




[Antikythera model]

The photo to the left is me, with an (upside down) model of the Antikythera Mechanism. It was taken at a Greek Orthodox church in Hamilton NJ (USA), which exhibited this model in May 2007 at a festival. It was also shown earlier in May in New York City, at a parade to celebrate Greek independence. The model was made or supported by the following individuals. Dr. Georgia Triantafillou of Temple University in Philadelphia USA, at the Math Dept.; Dr. Vladimir Visnjic, also at the Math Dept. at Temple, and a scholar of Nicola Tesla. Also noted as contributing to the model were "Thanasis Ginis" and "Krasi", affiliations unknown.

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