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From Antikythera to the Square Kilometre Array: Lessons from the Ancients

Antikythera & SKA
12-15 June 2012
Kerastari, Greece
More than a hundred years ago an extraordinary mechanism was found by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near the island of Antikythera in Greece. This Antikythera mechanism is an ancient computer from about 100BC, which uses bronze gears to make astronomical calculations based on cycles of the Solar System. Now, more than 2000 years after the device was lost at sea, scientists have used the latest techniques in X-ray computed tomography and reflectance imaging to understand its intricate workings. In June 2012 we plan to hold a workshop linking modern and ancient astronomical technology through the Antikythera theme. We will explore the evolution of astrometry and computing from ancient Greece to the present, we will compare the technologies used to unravel the secrets of the Antikythera mechanism with the imaging tools of modern astronomy, and most importantly, as we pursue our vision of an exciting scientific future with telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array we can reflect on why the Antikythera technology was lost for more than a thousand years and whether this can happen again.

Welcomes and Introductions
The Antikythera Mechanism
History of scientific endeavour
Positional astronomy and VLBI
Innovation at the Science, Engineering, Computing nexus
Science and Technology: (Antikythera Mechanism and the past -SKA and the future)
Summary of the Workshop
Welcomes and Introductions
Welcome from Kerastari village
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)049 pdf attachments I. Vigla
Welcome from the National Archaeological Museum
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)048 pdf A. Christopoulou
Introduction to the Workshop
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)004 pdf T. Tzioumis
Linking modern and ancient technology - the structure of the meeting
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)005 pdf R.D Ekers
Workshop photograph
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)051 pdf J. Reynolds
The Antikythera Mechanism
The NAM Antikythera treasures
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)006 pdf M. Zafeiropoulou
The Antikythera Mechanism: From the bottom of the sea to the scrutiny of modern technology
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)007 pdf J.H Seiradakis
The research history of the Antikythera shipwreck
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)008 file missing L. Tsavliris
Exhibition of Antikythera Mechanism (poster)
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)009 file missing X. Moussas
The Antikythera Mechanism and Shipwreck: The sensitive issue of announcing the discovery to the public (poster)
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)010 pdf M. Nikoli and J.H Seiradakis
History of scientific endeavour
Prerequisites for the production of the Antikythera Mechanism during the 2nd century
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)012 file missing T. Tassios
A Bridge too far ?
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)013 pdf L. Woltjer
The history of innovation in radio astronomy
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)014 pdf R.D Ekers
Musings on innovation and technology
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)015 file missing J. O'Sullivan
The path to wireless internet - 802.11
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)016 file missing D. Skellern
You can't design what you can't conceive - what can we learn from history (presented by Ron Ekers)
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)017 pdf B. Frater
Building the Cosmos in the Antikythera Mechanism
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)018 pdf T. Freeth
Before and After the Antikythera Mechanism
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)019 pdf M. Edmunds
Recent results from the study of Antikythera Mechanism: astronomical clock, Lunar trajectory and Archimedes
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)020 file missing X. Moussas
Johannes Kepler: his place in Astronomy
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)021 pdf P. Papaspirou
X-ray Tomography of the Antikythera Mechanism
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)022 pdf A. Ramsey
Exploiting measurement diversity in radio interferometry
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)023 file missing T. Cornwell
Imaging with a modern synthesis radio telescope – the LOFAR experience
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)024 file missing P. Labropoulos
Surface Analysis with Photogrametry
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)025 pdf M. Kesteven
The HP imaging Dome and the Antikythera Machine Inscriptions (presented by Haida Liang)
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)026 file missing T. Malzbender
Contributions of astronomy to the study of art conservation and archaeology
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)027 pdf H. Liang
Positional astronomy and VLBI
The Antikythera Mechanism: a census of planetary extensions.
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)028 file missing N. Bos
Positional Astronomy: The Parapegma of the Antikythera Mechanism
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)029 pdf M. Anastasiou
Modern astrometry
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)030 file missing J. Reynolds
A Clock for the Square Kilometre Array
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)031 pdf S. Schediwy
Pulsar timing arrays
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)032 pdf K. Lazaridis
SHEVE '82, Tasso and the coming of Age of Southern Hemisphere VLBI
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)033 pdf D.L Jauncey
Innovation at the Science, Engineering, Computing nexus
The Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism(poster)
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)034 pdf attachments K. Efstathiou
The value of making models
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)035 file missing K. Efstathiou
Are the modern computer simulations a substitute for physical models? The Antikythera case
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)036 pdf M. Roumeliotis
Are the modern computer models a substitute for physical models? The SKA case
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)037 pdf S. Tingay
Science and Technology: (Antikythera Mechanism and the past -SKA and the future)
The Antikythera Mechanism and the Public Face of Hellenistic Science
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)038 pdf A. Jones
Early Greek Astrophysics
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)039 file missing X. Moussas
Ancient technology and modern imaging instrument from Japan
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)040 pdf H. Hirabayashi
Radio Astronomy Transformed: Aperture Arrays – Past, Present & Future
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)041 pdf M.A. Garrett
ASKAP: the Genesis of New Technology
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)042 file missing J. Reynolds
Plato – from Greek philosopher to Antarctic observatory
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)043 file missing J. Storey
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)044 pdf R. Schilizzi
SURO-LC: a space-based ultra-long wavelength radio observatory
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)045 pdf W. Baan
The Differential in Astronomy : Past to Present
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)046 pdf attachments M. Saul
Hanny’s Voorwerp and the Antikythera Mechanism – similarities, differences and insights.
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)047 pdf M.A. Garrett
Summary of the Workshop
Worskshop summary
PoS(Antikythera & SKA)050 pdf S. Tingay