Real Media Presentations
Using Real Media software I produced two streaming media presentations to accompany this research project. A slide show on a relic of Aristotelian science and an audio commentary on some interesting theories.
Aristotelian science lost its creditability after the Copernican Revolution, yet it produced this stunning relic of ancient technology (left). In some ways, ancient Greek science was more advanced than is usually acknowledged. For example, Over 200 years before the birth of Christ the Greek scholar Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth to be 25,000, just 99 miles more than the actual figure, 24, 901 miles. Although Eratosthenes made mistakes in his calculations, these mistakes cancelled each other out to produce a very accurate result. Several decades later, another Greek scientist, Posidonius, believing Eratosthenes to be wrong, calculated the circumference to be 18,000 miles (this figure Columbus would use when planing the voyage that resulted with the European discovery of the New World). Posidonius was from Rhodes, where the Antikythera Mechanism is thought to originate.
The Antikythera Mechanism is one of the most outstanding, and least known, archeological finds of the Twentieth century. Its technology, a thousand ahead of its time, was lost to history until 1901. Even then, its true purpose wasn't revealed until 1959.
Researching this project allowed me to read some of the latest information on cosmological theories and scientific experiments. I encountered dark matter, quantum teleportation, hyperspheres and a thought-provoking story about the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Listen and consider some thoughts on the nature of our universe.