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Open Dome Event - The Antikythera Mechanism

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Most of us have an idea of the "Mechanical Universe" associated with Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century pioneers. But the Antikythera Mechanism (~100 BC) shows these ideas dating back until the third century BC. Hear more from Prof M Edmunds (Cardiff University) in his talk The Antikythera Mechanism and the Mechanical Universe.

  • From: Wednesday 28 October 2015, 8 pm
  • To: Wednesday 28 October 2015, 10 pm
  • Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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Prof M Edmunds (Cardiff University) in his talk The Antikythera Mechanism and the Mechanical Universe will be talking about an ancient mechanical artefact dating back more than 2,000 years. He will be illustrating that by the mid-18th Century the world view was of a system constrained by physical laws. These laws, showed regularity and could be handled mathematically to provide both explanation and prediction of celestial phenomena. Recent investigations based around the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek artefact from around 100 BC, reinforce a view that the 'mechanical' conception has been around for a much longer time. The discovery of the structure and functions of the Antikythera Mechanism will be described, and a strong claim will be made that knowledge of mechanical representations of the Universe was critical in the development of cosmology and philosophy.

This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.

Booking is required for this event. While attending this event you consent to filming, photography and sound recording which may include you as a member of the audience and its use in publication or advertising distribution either printed or online without payment or copyright.


The event will start at 8 pm with the talk The Antikythera Mechanism and the Mechanical Universe in CELS. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the Autumn sky with the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes, and binoculars if the weather allows it.

If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.

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Booking is required for this event.

Entrance is free and available to everyone who is interested.

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Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


Parking is available only for booked visitors in the North Gate car park.

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