Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Animating the Antikythera mechanism

The Lead Education Officer at the Museum of the History of Science here in Oxford shared this piece about the Antikythera Mechanism which may well be of interest to readers:

The Antikythera Mechanism is the oldest mechanical work to survive, and is dated to between 205 and 100 BC. It is, however, incomplete.

The Museum of the History of Science has the oldest working geared mechanism to survive - a complex Persian astrolabe dating from 1222 AD.

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