Darn missed it but I noticed it is on again on Sunday BBC HD.
Ah, yes, good stuff! On again at the earlier time of 18:00.
Absolutely fascinating, though the math etc, was a bit hard to follow in places. The mechanism itself was beautiful, a little peg in one cog reproducing the elliptical orbit of the moon around the earth. And somewhere else it being able not only to calculate eclipses but their ‘colour’.
The Antikythera Mechanism couldn’t have been a one-off though – there must have been others, and before them simpler (mechanical) prototypes, and a tradition of observing (and recording) celestial movements stretching way back...
We talk lightheartedly at times of time machines and going back into the past but what an experience it would be to be present when things such as this were 'invented' and to be able to meet the inventors themselves. What special people they must have been.
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