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Decoding the Mechanisms of Antikythera Astronomical Device

  • Jian-Liang Lin
  • Hong-Sen Yan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 1-20
  3. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 21-43
  4. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 45-61
  5. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 63-84
  6. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 85-113
  7. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 115-131
  8. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 133-152
  9. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 153-179
  10. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 181-200
  11. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 201-212
  12. Jian-Liang Lin, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 213-228
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 229-281

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a systematic design methodology for decoding the interior structure of the Antikythera mechanism, an astronomical device from ancient Greece. The historical background, surviving evidence and reconstructions of the mechanism are introduced, and the historical development of astronomical achievements and various astronomical instruments are investigated. Pursuing an approach based on the conceptual design of modern mechanisms and bearing in mind the standards of science and technology at the time, all feasible designs of the six lost/incomplete/unclear subsystems are synthesized as illustrated examples, and 48 feasible designs of the complete interior structure are presented. This approach provides not only a logical tool for applying modern mechanical engineering knowledge to the reconstruction of the Antikythera mechanism, but also an innovative research direction for identifying the original structures of the mechanism in the future. In short, the book offers valuable new insights for all readers who are interested in the Antikythera mechanism.

Keywords

Antikythera Mechanism Astronomical Calculator Conceptual Design of Mechanisms and Machinery Creative Design of Mechanisms and Machinery Generalized Chains History of Machinery Lost Ancient Mechanisms and Machinery Reconstruction Design of Mechanisms and Machinery Specialized Chains

Authors and affiliations

  • Jian-Liang Lin
    • 1
  • Hong-Sen Yan
    • 2
  1. 1.National Cheng Kung UniversityTaiwanChina
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational Cheng Kung UniversityTaiwanChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-48447-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-48445-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-48447-0
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