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May 13, 2013

Mtg: Imaging the Ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism

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THURSDAY June 13, 2013
SCV Robotics and Automation Chapter
Speaker: Tom Malzbender, Research Scientist and Independent Consultant
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Carnegie Mellon University-Silicon Valley, Room 118, Moffett Field
RSVP: not required
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/ras

In 1900, a party of sponge divers chanced on the wreck of a Roman merchant vessel between Crete and mainland Greece.  It was found to contain numerous ancient Greek treasures, among them a mysterious lump of clay that split open to reveal ‘mathematical gears’ as it dried out.  This object is now known as the Antikythera Mechanism, one of the most enlightening artifacts in terms of revealing the advanced nature of ancient Greek science and technology.  In 2005 we traveled to the National Archeological Museum in Athens to apply our Reflectance Imaging methods to the mechanism in the hopes of revealing ancient writing on the device.  We were successful, and along with the results of Microfocus CT imaging, epigraphers were able to decipher 3000 characters compared with the original 800 known.  This led to an understanding that the device was a mechanical, astronomical computer capable of predicting solar and lunar eclipses along with other celestial events.  This talk will overview both the imaging methods as well as what they reveal about the Antikythera Mechanism.

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