Monday, November 30, 2009

HoS Micropost: The Antikythera Mechanism (redux)

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/30 at 02:18 PM

The Antikythera Mechanism continues to fascinate scholars and the public. Recall the considerable number of panels at the ICHST this past summer on the mechanism (see this post for a recap and summary of Alexander Jones’s plenary on the mechanism). In the latest issue of Scientific American Tony Freeth has written yet another article on this interesting device. An excerpt is available here (unfortunately, the full text is behind a paywall).

The first comment on Tony Freeth’s article offers further evidence that the Antikythera Mechanism has captured the public’s attention: The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has a special exhibition Gods, Myths, and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece that includes “the latest model of the ‘worlds [sic] first comptuer’ — the Antikythera Mechanism.” (It is worth noting that this model is the one based on the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project’s work, not Michael Wright’s.)

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