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Old 09-18-2010, 01:37 PM   #1
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Hellenistic Astronomy e-book (ePub & Mobi)

Hellenistic Astronomy - Unexpected traces of a lost science is a free history of astronomy e-book by my friend and fellow science educator Mauro Arpino. It can be freely downloaded in ePub and Mobi formats at our site under a Creative Commons license. The book covers the history of Hellenistic astronomy and science between the 4th and 1st century BC.
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you should also mention the Antikythera Mechanism is in there. A wonderful device I'll build/buy a copy if I ever can afford it. I don't mean a computer animation.

Thanks for the ebook !
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you should also mention the Antikythera Mechanism is in there. A wonderful device I'll build/buy a copy if I ever can afford it. I don't mean a computer animation.
Yes, the e-book also covers the Antikythera mechanism. And the download page provides a link to the 3D and physical models built by our friend Mogi Vicentini. His working model was on display at museums in Athens, next to Michael Wrright's, and Italy. Mogi helped and worked with leading Antikythera expert Michael Wright.

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History channel has a documentary or two that mentions the Antikythera device. I find it fascinating.
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Thanks for the e-book. I was recently at a thesis defense that touched upon a similar topic. This should be an interesting read.
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How very cool, thank you.
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I think it's very interesting as well. It's also a bit humbling in a way. I mean our technology is so advanced compared to what we think it was like back then, and yet someone back then created something that complex and accurate.
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I remember the documentary narrater saying the first X-rays of the encrusted items convinced the historians it had fallen off a ship from a later period.

One documentary showed an English model maker making one, and he found it could be made with such fine gears using the technology of the time.

One documentary showed an old abandoned building, turns out it is a water clock it showed planet movement, sun and moon movement, days, etc. that is around the same era as the Antikythera Mechanism.

Fantastic !
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One documentary showed an English model maker making one, and he found it could be made with such fine gears using the technology of the time.
He was probably Michael Wright.
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