The Antikythera mechanism and the mechanical universe

  title={The Antikythera mechanism and the mechanical universe},
  author={Michael Edmunds},
  journal={Contemporary Physics},
  pages={263 - 285}
  • M. Edmunds
  • Published 22 September 2014
  • Physics
  • Contemporary Physics
How did our view of the Universe develop? By the mid-eighteenth century, a world view had developed of a system constrained by physical laws. These laws, if not entirely understood, showed regularity and could be handled mathematically to provide both explanation and prediction of celestial phenomena. Most of us have at least some hazy idea of the fundamental shift that came through the work of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. The idea of a ‘Mechanical Universe’ running rather like a… 
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