Scientific Society: Secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism - 28 October 2014

Scientific Society: Secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism - 28 October 2014

The Antikythera Mechanism 3471171927More than a hundred years ago an extraordinary mechanism was found by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near the island of Antikythera. It astonished the whole international community of experts on the ancient world. Was it an astrolabe? Was it an orrery or an astronomical clock? Or something else?


Clifton College Scientific Society was pleased to host Prof Moussas (Director of the Astrophysics Laboratory at the University of Athens and leader of the Space Physics Group) to talk to students about this fascinating ancient machine. The Professor gave an hour long lecture in the Redgrave Theatre to around 100 Clifton College pupils. He brought with him a replica of the mechanism, and spent the afternoon talking with students and answering their questions in the Science School's Stone Library after the talk. The talk was also well attended by Classicists - an uncommon but very enjoyable departmental collaboration!

Antikythera Mechanism Lecture