World’s First Computer: Recovered from the Antikythera Shipwreck

Bender JCC

6125 Montrose Road · Rockville, MD

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Daryn Lehoux, Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada

The Antikythera mechanism is one of the most remarkable technological devices of ancient times. The instrument is believed to have been designed and constructed by Greek scientists; famed astronomer Hipparchus of Rhodes [masked] BCE) may have been consulted in the machine's construction.

The shipwreck dates to circa 65 BCE, and was discovered in 1901 off the southwestern Greek island of Antikythera. The device was little studied and little understood until much later in the twentieth and even into the twenty-first century when its most important secrets began to be unveiled by advanced imaging techniques.
This lecture looks at the remarkable technological and astronomical knowledge and skills that ancient Greeks embedded in the Antikythera machine, and the remarkable technological efforts that it took to uncover them in the modern era.

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$10 General Admission;
$ 8 BASONOVA & Bender JCC Members
$ 5 Ring House Residents; Beth Ami & Tikvat Israel Congregants

The Bender JCC is located at 6125 Montrose Road / Rockville / MD / 20852