Talk – “The Antikythera mechanism and the mechanical universe”

14th May 2014 has now been fixed as the date of the presentation, sponsored jointly by the Institute of Physics (Lancashire and Cumbria branch) and the LAS, by Prof Mike Edmunds (Cardiff).

The venue is Lecture Theatre 2, Foster Building, UCLAN, 6.30pm. There is no charge for entry and all are welcome.

For those who don’t already know, the Mechanism is the world’s first known working computer, invented by a Greek genius somewhere around 100BC and intended as an aid to navigation. Made of bronze, and including at least 30 precision-engineered gears, it was found in 1900AD(?) in the wreckage of a Roman trading vessel off the coast of Antikythera, but not recognised as a computer until 2000AD(?). “This device is just extraordinary, the only thing of its kind. The design is beautiful, the astronomy is exactly right. The way the mechanics are designed just makes your jaw drop. Whoever has done this has done it extremely carefully”.

Click here for more info about the Mechanism.



  1. This was a brilliant event – thanks LAS and UCLAN. But if I may suggest: lots of people at the talk were not LAS members, but no attempt was made to publicise or recruit. Not even a leaflet, or a ppt slide saying ‘if you’re interested contact……’. Strikes me as a missed opportunity!

    • Hey Maggie! I am in the process of taking over responsibility for the website and have come across your message, which appears not to have been answered. I apologise for that, and your comment is absolutely spot on. We should have been beating folk over the head with our programme card! Next time……..! Thanks for taking the trouble to write. DMS

    • yes, I think we need to get a bit more organised with if we have a similar event – or indeed any other events! I will mention it at the next committeee meeting. Glad you enjoyed the event though

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