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Nature News – Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration

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Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration

Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration

The ancient Greeks’ vision of a geometrical Universe seemed to come out of nowhere. Could their ideas have come from the internal gearing of an ancient mechanism?

An analysis of the 2000-year-old Antikythera mechanism suggests that such devices did not model the Greek theory of epicycles as previously thought. They inspired it.

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