THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM
THE WORLD'S OLDEST COMPUTER
THURSDAY * APRIL 14 * 6:30 TO 8:30 PM
LECTURE BY DR. JOHN SEIRADAKIS
Radio Astronomer & Physics Professor
SCULPTURE EXHIBITION by TERRY POULOS
NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM
333 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661
Discussion by Dr. John Seiradakis
Radio Astronomer and Physics Professor
at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
and one of the foremost experts on the Antikythera Mechanism. Dr. Seiradakis will discuss the analog computer from 205 BC that was designed to predict astronomical positions, accompanied by the sculptures of TERRY POULOS.
TERRY POULOS' SCULPTURES WILL BE ON EXHIBIT
AT THE NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM
APRIL 14 - 30
More than 2000 years ago, Greek scientists created the world's first computer.
A mechanism that used brass gearwheels to predict the movements of the
sun, the moon, and most of the planets, now known as the Antikythera Mechanism, is the world's first computer. Found by Greek sponge divers in an ancient shipwreck, its corroded remnants give us fresh insights into history and challenge our assumptions about technology transfer over the ages.
Dr. John Seiradakis, Radio Astronomer and Physics Professor
will discuss the work of an international team of experts who used 21st century technology to decode the truth behind the world's first computer. The discussion will be accompanied by the sculptures of our own "Indiana Jones" Terry Poulos, who created the
"Arti-kythera ~ Homage to the World's First Computer" and the "Archimedes Vortex."