Exploration of Ancient Machinery: From Reconstruction Research to Exhibition and Science Education

  • J. L. LinEmail author
  • Y. H. Chen
  • K. H. Hsiao
  • J. F. Huang
Conference paper
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 37)


Ancient machinery, either lost or existing, is an interdisciplinary subject. Except for the investigation of mechanisms, it can include ancient science and technology, history, philology, as well as others related to the subject matter, like astronomy, seismology, measurement, etc. This paper presents a process to apply the reconstruction research of ancient machinery to promote the exhibitions and science education. With the development of reconstruction research of ancient machinery, the study can be transformed to exhibitions through reconstructing physical and simulation models of ancient machines. The science theories of ancient machinery are simplified into the basic education of science. The traditional technologies can be replaced by digital machines, and the related teaching aids are developed further. People making the teaching models by themselves is more useful in thoroughly understanding these ancient machines. Furthermore, two examples following the application process, traditional Chinese locks and Antikythera astronomical device, are presented.


Traditional chinese lock Antikythera astronomical device Science education Exhibition Maker 



The authors are grateful to the Ministry of Science and Technology (Taipei, Taiwan) under Grant: MOST 105-2218-E-359-001 and MOST 106-2221-E-359-001 for the financial support of this work. Supports from the Ancient Chinese Machinery Cultural Foundation (Tainan, Taiwan) and the Classical Chinese Puzzle Foundation (Berkeley, USA) are greatly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Lin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Y. H. Chen
    • 2
  • K. H. Hsiao
    • 3
  • J. F. Huang
    • 3
  1. 1.Exhibition DivisionNational Science and Technology MuseumKaohsiungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan
  3. 3.Collections and Research DivisionNational Science and Technology MuseumKaohsiungTaiwan

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