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The gears of the Antikythera Mechanism: an educational pathfinder to the solar system
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2011 (English)In: IAU Symposium, 2011, Vol. 260Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Antikythera Mechanism is the most sophisticated extant ancient astronomical instrument and analogue computer known and was assembled sometime between 150 and 100 BCE, almost a century after the death of Archimedes. The mechanism has a great educational potential as it appeals to inquiring minds as an astonishing artefact of science and technology. The latest research findings reveal significant cultural and social functions in its operations. This astonishing astronomical instrument has a clear interdisciplinary valueand it has that it may be used as an educational medium, to engage the general public, and especially to attract students both to/from exact sciences and to/from the humanities. The astronomical and technical knowledge embedded in the mechanism can also be used to introduce some aspects of modern science through the unknown technological achievements of Hellenic antiquity.

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2011. Vol. 260
, IAU Symposium
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Antikythera Mechanism, astronomical instruments, education, modelling, outreach
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-170169DOI: 10.1017/S1743921311003218OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-170169DiVA: diva2:508580
IAU Symposium, 260
Available from: 2012-03-09 Created: 2012-03-09 Last updated: 2012-10-18

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