The Antikythera Mechanism

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Christopher K.
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The Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Christopher K. » October 27th, 2016, 2:08 pm

A box fill with dozens of bronze gears and dating to ~100BC was found in a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera. Astonishingly it is nothing less than an analog computer that calculates many astronomical and calendrical events—the phases of the Moon, the dates of eclipses, a full lunar calendar with added months, a full solar calendar, weather predictions, the positions of all the planets in the sky—even the dates of the Olympic games! Who was the great genius who made the Mechanism? Why was the Mechanism completely lost to history with noone building upon this stunning success?

Professor Brad Schaefer probes the mystery on Friday 18 November at the Highland Road Park Observatory. The talk begins at 7:30pm; it is meant for a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

More information:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/d ... 79/?no-ist
http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/

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Re: The Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Christopher K. » August 31st, 2018, 2:06 pm

The Antikythera Mechanism will be discussed during a new trio of upcoming sessions created for Science Academy.

8 September: "Computers through History"
15 September: "Computer Anatomy"
22 September: "Computer Languages"

Parents can register Cadets for these sessions online via WebTrac, over the phone (caller must use a card in caller's name) or in person at HRPO, where the sessions take place. The age range is eight to twelve. The cost is five dollars per session per East Baton Rouge Parish Cadet, and six dollars per session per Cadet outside of EBRP.

Since these are brand-new SA sessions, the households registered qualify for a ten percent discount on any and all HRPO merchandise during the times the SA sessions are happening. The discount does not apply to the Rocket Range rocket, Wormhole items or special chess power cards acquired through placing money into the Vortex.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html

Christopher K.
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Re: The Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Christopher K. » October 24th, 2018, 1:40 pm

The Science Academy session "Computer Languages" has been rescheduled for 3 November. It will take place on that morning as the minimum number of registered Cadets and Recruits has been acquired.

3 November is also the very last day for HRPO's annual Donation Drive...
[urlhttp://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/drive.html][/url]

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