The Antikythera Mechanism

Speaker: Tony Freeth
Date: Thu 12thDecember 2013 Tue 17thMarch 2015
Time: 14:30   &   17:30 Room open in advance (from 17:00) meet up with society members.

Fellows Library of the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD

The Conference Centre. Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester. M3 4FP


The Antikythera Mechanism

About the seminar

The Antikythera Mechanism is a truly extraordinary geared astronomical calculating machine from Hellenistic Greece. What is it? How did it work? Where does it fit into the History of Technology. How does it fit into the History of Computing?

About the speaker

Tony Freeth read pure mathematics at Cambridge; stayed for a postgraduate year for the advanced "Part III Mathematics" (now a M Math degree); and continued to Bristol where he completed a PhD in Mathematical Logic. After training as a film director at the National Film & Television School, he spent 25 years making TV and independent documentaries, before being drawn back to science in 2000 via a TV documentary project about the Antikythera Mechanism. The Mechanism has been the focus of his work since then. In 2012, he returned to filmmaking to produce, "The 2,000 Year-Old Computer: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism" (BBC Four)

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