compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
built over two thousand years ago, by a greek genius.
Capturing the theory of (almost) everything that the
in a box very similar in size to one of today's laptop
or tablet computers.
I have been following the progress
of understanding the significance
of this "TIME prediction machine"
ever since I first became aware of
the work of musical instrument
and clock maker Michael Wright's
attempt to create a working model
of the Antikythera mechanism.
This mechanism is an ancient Greek clockwork machine found in a shipwreck
more than a hundred years ago, by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near
the island of Antikythera - that has taken more than a century to decipher.
It astonished the whole international community of experts on the ancient
world. Was it an astrolabe ? Was it an orrery or an astronomical clock ?
Or just something else ?
Wright's handmade reconstruction was the very first
to include all the known features of this complex device.
For decades, scientific investigation failed to yield much light and relied
more on imagination than the facts. However research over the last half
century has begun to reveal its secrets. The machine dates from around the
end of the 2nd century B.C. and is the most sophisticated mechanism
known from the ancient world. Nothing as complex is known for the next
thousand years. The Antikythera Mechanism is now understood to be
dedicated to astronomical phenomena and operates as a complex
mechanical "computer" which tracks the cycles of the Solar System.
Previous Antikythera researchers have used the latest technologies
available to them -such as x-ray analysis- to try to begin to unravel its
complex mysteries. From 2005, a new initiative is building on this previous
of collaboration of academic researchers, supported by some of the
world's best high-technology companies, which aims to completely
reassess the function and significance of the Antikythera Mechanism.
The recent showing of an hour long BBC Four documentary - an excerpt of
which is appended here - has absolutely confirmed for me the reason why
my fascination with this device, its maker and the culture which
underpinned its creation - IS so profound. The fact that the exhibition has
been extended to January 2014 is indeed testament to mine and others
fascination with the subject.
Just image that perhaps the original vision and concept of one of these
devices was designed and created by the likes of Archimedes in Syracuse
and then produced for the purposes of navigation on the high seas by the
Romans - subsequent to their sacking of Syracuse and the eventual demise
of the Greek empire - and that in turn all knowledge of the device was lost
to the west as its secret moved eastwards to the Persians, who presumably
utilised its power to consolidate their own understanding of the heavens -
before re-entering the mind-set of the west when the Moors crossed the
straights of Gibraltar to conquer the Spanish mainland and instigate the
creation of University Libraries such as at Cordoba.
Muslim Spain. Not only was it artistic, scientific and commercial but also
tolerant and poetic. Moors, as the Spaniards call the Muslims, populated
Spain for nearly 700 years. It was their civilization that brought Europe
out of the dark ages and ushered in the renaissance.
Their influences still live with us today.
The fact that the Athenians even questioned the validity of their democratic
model following the Romans carnage in Syracuse; and the subsequent demise
of the Roman Empire by the so called Barbarians - in juxtaposition to the
multi-cultural tolerance of the early Muslim World, which has tragically
transmogrified into the devisive collection of shiite/sunni/fundamentalist
religious belief systems which we have today - speaks volumes to the state
of play of todays world in the context of the fact that although we have had
the worst global financial crash in history - the powers that be continue with
their denial of the truth by trying to resurrect the model which quite definitely
created the problem in the first place. What goes around comes around.
Which in the context of precession, still brings me
back to the conclusion that IT is ALL GREEK to me !!??
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