Decoding the mechanisms of antikythera astronomical device

Jian Liang Lin, Hong Sen Yan

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Abstract

This book presents a systematic design methodology for decoding the interior structure of the Antikythera mechanism, an astronomical device from ancient Greece. The historical background, surviving evidence and reconstructions of the mechanism are introduced, and the historical development of astronomical achievements and various astronomical instruments are investigated. Pursuing an approach based on the conceptual design of modern mechanisms and bearing in mind the standards of science and technology at the time, all feasible designs of the six lost/incomplete/unclear subsystems are synthesized as illustrated examples, and 48 feasible designs of the complete interior structure are presented. This approach provides not only a logical tool for applying modern mechanical engineering knowledge to the reconstruction of the Antikythera mechanism, but also an innovative research direction for identifying the original structures of the mechanism in the future. In short, the book offers valuable new insights for all readers who are interested in the Antikythera mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages281
ISBN (Electronic)9783662484470
ISBN (Print)9783662484456
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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