A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Rafael C. Caruso
Date: 2021 Mar 13, 09:20 -0800
Ed Poko wrote:
"Some NavListers may be interested in this new analysis of the Greek Antikythera mechanical Orrery. This is one of the most remarkable astronomy devices every built."
Many thanks for posting this article. The Antikythera mechanism is a fascinating Instrument indeed, the Stellarium of its time (analog rather than digital, of course). I've found a relatively recent book about it, which is very interesting and quite comprehensive:
A Portable Cosmos: revealing the Antikythera mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world.
Oxford University Press, 2017, ISBN: 9780199739349
I 'm sorry I don't have a PDF version of the book, as it is a recent copyrighted publication. However, the author, who is the head of New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), gave a lecture on this device which is available free of charge from the NYU website. The lecture was associated with a very appealing small exhibit on time and timekeeping in the Greco-Roman world.
The link to the lecture is:
The ISAW galleries remain closed, but I hope that in the not very distant future we'll be able to attend exhibits once again.