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Bob Purton

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Antikythera Mechanism again
« on: September 21, 2012, 04:08:20 PM »
I got to watch the whole program on this last night. Truly amazing, especially the slot and pin gears to account for the moons irregular orbit. Wasn't totally convinced of it link with Archimedes but you never know. To think that the Greeks could have had the industrial revolution 2000 years earlier is quite a thought!

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012, 06:08:56 PM »
I saw a bit of it last night, and very glad you saw it all Bob, I knew you would find it interesting! It really is an incredible piece of work and a fascinating bit of detective work to figure it all out. Thank heavens its importance was recognised soon enough that it survived into modern times, with X Rays, Scanning and clever lighting machines to let the experts figure it out. The fact that some apparently irrelevant bits of "dross" WERE kept, separated, lost, re-found, and then DID turn out to contain vital clues is nothing short of miraculously good fortune.

The only minor issue I have is that several times they described it as the World's FIRST computer, but I think there must have been generations of earlier and simpler devices which finally culminated in this wonder of the ancient world.
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2012, 07:17:26 PM »
I agree.  Down to definition really.

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 07:49:17 PM »

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 09:00:59 PM »
It looks superb!
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 10:47:53 PM »
Amazing! John Harrison is spinning in his grave!

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2012, 08:20:18 AM »
Some of Harrisons Marine Chronometers are kept at Greenwich Royal Observatory, they alone are worth the admission price, an amazing mix of pure genius and breath-taking mechanical beauty.
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012, 09:31:13 AM »
Agreed but Thomas Mudge is the fellow who is much overlooked. Inventing the lever escapement this surely was the biggest breakthrough in mechanical time keeping. Amazingly he had the same problem with the board of longitude not paying up prize money that Harrison had, in Harrisons case the King had to intervene and get him some of the money and Mudge only got paid shortly before he died after a committee of the house of commons intervened. Nothing changes much! :D Now mudges watches really are a thing of beauty!

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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2012, 05:50:18 PM »
I took Squeak and her friend to the Observatory yesterday to see the Astronomy Photographer of the Year finalists' photos, great stuff!
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
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Re: Antikythera Mechanism again
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 08:15:55 AM »
Cheers for posting that interesting video!
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