Dated to ca 80 A.D, probably used as calendar and astronomical calculator for the motions of stars and planets. It is very sophisticated device that consists of 30 toothed wheels, of diameter from 9 to 132 mm, being able to rotate at a different speed each, dials and scaled metal plates with inscriptions related to the signs of zodiac, names of the planets. The engraved signs inform about the equinoxes, months, winds and constellations being in their different phases.
Curator Michael Wright shows off his model of the Antikythera mechanism. The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient Greek clockwork machine found in a shipwreck, that has taken more than a century to decipher. Wright's handmade reconstruction is the first to include all the known features of this complex device.
The Antikythera Mechanism, one of the world's oldest known geared device and yet not entirely understood. This simulation use the gears disposition published in 1974 by English historian Derek J. de Solla Price (b.1922 ~ d.1983). Developed in Autodesk 3ds Max by an Italian student and time-traveler.
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