Price fascinates with the story of an ancient device

— Photo from Russell Pokorny

Robert Price, a manufacturing engineer who specializes in making gears, talks to the Kiwanis Club about the Antikythera Mechanism. Forty-six people attended his lecture at the Octagon Barn, which is owned by Russell and Amy Lauterbach Pokorny.

To the Editor:

Last Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Kiwanis Club of the Helderbergs sponsored a presentation by Robert Price of Knox at the Octagon Barn, to discuss how the ancient Greeks made the Antikythera Mechanism.

Robert Price is a manufacturing engineer who specializes in making gears, and he told one of the most fascinating and impressive stories we have ever heard, about the knowledge and skills that were needed to make a device that could accurately predict the movements of the five planets that were known at that time, and could also predict lunar eclipses. 

This was over 2,100 years ago, long before Columbus proved the earth was round and long before it was commonly understood that the sun was in the center of our solar system. 

Russell Pokorny
Knox

Editor’s note: Russell Pokorny is the publicity chairman for the Kiwanis Club of the Helderbergs.