Friday, 11 May 2012

TV - Antikythera Mechanism - 11/05/12 [DAILY DOSE]


Today's DAILY DOSE is quick mention of a great TV show on at the moment -

This TV series is probing the secrets of a mysterious device found in what is believed to be a Roman shipwreck - nearly lost for thousands of years.

When the divers found the fragments of this device, they noticed small cogs and inscriptions in the rusted metal - vastly more intricate and complicated than any other contemporary artefact.

Due to the island near where the artefact was found, this is now known as the Antikythera Mechanism - one of the earliest mechanised calculation devices ever discovered.

Scientists, physicists, astronomers and mathematicians have spent years studying the fragments of the device - and through X-Ray imaging, 3D photography and other digital techniques they start to build some understanding of what the mechanism was for - and the findings are astounding.

It's on BBC 4 this week and next week -
so will be on the BBC iPlayer for the next fortnight.

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