Saturday, 20 February 2016

For mysteries lovers:the Mechanism of Antikythera, the astronomic calculator -free exhibition until March 3rd at the University of Geneva

If , like me, you like mysteries , then do not miss this free exhibition that takes place in the Exhibition Hall of the University of Geneva in Bld C. Vogt every day from Monday till Friday from 7.30 a.m. till 7 p.m.
The Antikythera Mechanism is consider the first analog computer in the world and it has a fascinating story. In 1900, the sponge divers discovered near the Greek island of Antikythera, an ancient wreck that sank towards 70 av. BC The ship was carrying a very heavy load of works of art and luxury objects , some of these were fragments of a strange astronomical mechanism in bronze. It included dozens of gears and arranged on several levels, the extraordinary thing about this object is that it was able to predicts the earth and moon movements and eclipses with a technology that was thought to have been invented in the Renaissance (!) . How this mechanism was created is a mystery that hasn't yet been solved ...
 A model of the mechanism and computer reconstructions complete the exhibition , free guided tours are available in French every day ,from 12.15 p.m. till 1 p.m.; visits have to be booked online.

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