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Enlightening Speech on the Anthikythera Mechanism by Professor Xenophon Moussas

The Greek Festival of Sydney and The University of New South Wales presented a lecture by Professor Xenophon Moussas (University of Athens) at the John Niland Scientia Building UNSW on the evening of Monday March 13.

Professor Moussas was an absolutely captivating speaker who commanded the full attention of the more than 150 people in attendance, the room was at capacity with eager listeners keen to hear Professor Moussas discuss his 12 years of research of the Anthikythera Mechanism, a unique, ahead-of-its-time mechanical device, often described as the first computer. The lecture was followed by a lively and engaging question and answer session which the audience showing great interest in learning more about this incredible device, from one of the leading protagonists of its study.

Professor Moussas’ research provided robust evidence that the Greeks were developing high-level science and technology based on knowledge of the laws of physics, much higher than estimated or usually accepted so far by the global scientific community. Professor Moussas is a space physicist, with research interests including space and solar physics, planetology and the Ulysses mission.

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