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Interesting YouTube Clips: Reconstruction of Antikythera Mechanism

March 29, 2017 Leave a comment

A few months ago, I rediscovered the YouTube copy of a documentary about recent efforts to reconstruct the Antikythera Mechanism. I then remembered watching this documentary while flipping between channels, sometime in 2013. As many of you know, I have always been interested in many aspects of Astronomy, including its history. The story depicted in this documentary is interesting for two distinct reasons: 1] Even 2000 years ago, Greek craftsmen were able to construct a mini-planetarium that was reasonably accurate even though it was based on a geocentric model of the solar system. 2] The process of reconstructing missing parts of the mechanism was fairly systematic and evidence based.

Will go back to posting my normal posts about contemporary events from tomorrow, as I am less busy than earlier this week.

Clip 1: The 2000 Year-Old Computer – Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism (2012). Note that this clip is almost 60 minutes long.

Clip 2: Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism. This clip is about 6 minutes long.

Enjoy! Comments?

Categories: YouTube