The cosmos in a journal and on screen

Wouldn’t it be desirable if major scientific news were communicated not only via scientific publications and press releases, but also with a video?

Tony Freeth from the University College London has achieved this feat, which is rare in science communication (for obvious reasons). His open access paper A Model of the Cosmos in the ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism – published on 12 March 2021 in the journal Scientific Reports – is accompanied by a brand new 30-minute documentary on vimeo, The Antikythera Cosmos.

Since the story told in the film as well as the animations of the mechanism are so fascinating, you can even forgive the poor audio quality in some parts of it.

In case you have never heard of the more than 2000 year old astronomical calculator that is nothing less than a model of the cosmos: Well, this is your chance! The device had been recovered from the sea and has challenged scientists for more than a hundred years to figure out how it once worked.

(Declaration of interest: The author of this blogpost, Thilo Körkel, is an employee of Springer Nature, which owns Nature Research, the publisher of Scientific Reports.)

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