International Year of Astronomy Lecture Series
"The Antikythera Mechanism"
Dr. Gareth Wynn-Williams
Institute for Astronomy
October 14, 2009
Professor Gareth Wynn-Williams will lecture on the ancient Greek enigma, "The Antikythera Mechanism." Recent X-ray analysis of the encrusted piece of bronze from a 2000-year-old Greek shipwreck shows it to be an astronomical computing device of astonishing complexity. What did it do? What purpose did it serve?