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Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration

The ancient Greeks' vision of a geometrical Universe seemed to come out of nowhere. Could their ideas have come from the internal gearing of an ancient mechanism?

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Jo Marchant is a London-based writer and author of Decoding the Heavens, a book about the Antikythera mechanism.

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Marchant, J. Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration. Nature 468, 496–498 (2010).

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