(Melbourne, Australia) – A lecture about the ancient Antikythera Mechanism is scheduled to take place at the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture in Melbourne, Australia on Monday, March 20, 2017. The lecture will be given by Professor Xenophon Moussas and the admission to the lecture is free.
The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient object that was recovered in the Antikythera shipwreck near the Greek island of Antikythera sometime around 1901, but the exact date it was recovered hasn’t been documented. The object was found inside a wooden box and recent discoveries have led people to believe that it is a fairly complex, analog computer that was developed in Ancient Greece. According to the official event listing for the lecture, the device is said to be, “a realistic clockwork Cosmos, a Planetarium, most probably an astronomical clock.” The event listing goes on to explain that, “t works with carefully designed bronze gears that perform appropriate mathematical operations to predict astronomical phenomena.”
Scientists have been debating when the device was developed by Ancient Greek scientists. All the theories predict it was made sometime in between 250 B.C. and 100 B.C. International scientists, astronomers, historians, and archaeologists now believe that this is the oldest computer that has ever been discovered. Although the device is fairly small, it is actually fairly complex. Studies are ongoing and the more the object is studied, the more we learn about it. The lecture will go into more detail.
The lecture itself will go into much more detail about what the mechanism is, how it was discovered, and how important the discover of the mechanism actually is. Professor Xenophon Moussas from the University of Athens was involved with a project studying the mechanism and will be giving the lecture. The lecture itself was sponsored by several donors including an anonymous donor, Christos Tsirkas, Panagiota Stamatopoulou.