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An Initial Assessment of the Accuracy of the Gear Trains in the Antikythera Mechanism

By Michael Geoffrey Edmunds

Abstract

The article examines the accuracy of the gear trains of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek device that was possibly used as an astronomical calculator. The author analyzes the placement of the mechanism's gear teeth. Mathematical models of gear train accuracy are provided, with the author noting the standard deviations in the trains. Because of the gear errors present in the Mechanism, the author concludes that it was probably used more for display or education purposes than for actual astronomical calculation

Topics: QB
Publisher: Science History Publications
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:http://orca.cf.ac.uk:46026
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