The Antikythera Mechanism
Talk by Maurice Rushby, a retired chemical engineer with a strong interest in mathematics
“The Antikythera Mechanism is something which caught my imagination when I first heard about it. – A computer made in the years BC! It’s mechanical and not electronic, which is hardly surprising, and is programmable. It emulates the solar system and can predict things like a solar eclipse, many years ahead, giving not just the date and hour, but the colour of the eclipse. It’s mathematics includes the fact not only that the moon’s course is elliptical, but includes the precession of that ellipse.
There are the questions of where and when was it discovered, how did it get there? How was it understood/ and of course, who made it?”
Event starts 6.30 pm at The Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington.
As always, anyone from Junior School age onward is very welcome. You don’t need to be an expert. Just bring an inquisitive mind!
Admission is free and as always arrive early to guarantee a good seat.
Monday 11 February
The Vale Inn