The conference dinner will take place on Thursday, 1st of september, aboard "Moby Dick", a ship built in 1976 and named after a white beluga which was sighted in 1966 in the river Rhine. The tour will take approximately 4 hours, beginning at around 18:30. Starting point is Bad Honnef and we go up the Rhine until approximately Remagen where we turn around and go back to Bad Honnef. The dinner includes a buffet of appetizers, vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, dessert and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
The "Moby Dick".
"The Antikythera mechanism. An ancient Greek astronomical computer."
The dinner talk takes place in the Physikzentrum on Tuesday the 30st of august.
John H. Seiradakis is Professor for Astrophysics at the Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki in Greece. He is member of the "The
Antikythera Mechanism Research Project". The Antikythera mechanism is
an ancient mechanical computer
designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in
1900 from the Antikythera wreck. Its
significance and complexity were not understood until decades
later. Its time of construction is now estimated between 150 and 100
BCE.The degree of mechanical sophistication is comparable to a
19th century Swiss clock. Technological artifacts of similar
complexity and workmanship did not reappear until the 14th century,
when mechanical astronomical clocks were built in Europe.
For further information about the Antikythera mechanism see e.g. here or here or here.