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Inside Antikythera

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2021-03-26

For over a century researchers have been trying to figure out how an ancient corroded clockwork orrery found at the bottom of the Mediterranean was used by classical Greek astronomers to predict events like solar eclipses. Despite many attempts to model and rebuild the unique Antikythera Mechanism, no-one has quite figured out the entire machine from the surviving third of its fragments. A team of researchers at UCL reckons its come closest, in a new paper published at Scientific Reports. Check out the video overview of their work here, and while you’re at it, the ongoing patreon to support this Australian home tooling shop which has been building another interpretation of the Antikythera Mechanism for three years now.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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