The Inventions of Ancient Greece: Origins of Our Modern Technology
Oct 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - Mar 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Discover the inventions from ancient Greek history at Science Centre Singapore to be launched on 19 October. Titled ‘The Inventions of Ancient Greece: Origins of Our Modern Technology’, the first-of-its-kind exhibition in Singapore will feature over 40 inventions that laid the foundation for modern engineering and technology. It will offer an unprecedented opportunity to experience the remarkable technological achievements of the ancient Greeks.
The travelling exhibition at the Centre follows successful events in Paris and Athens, and will feature great inventions that span across a multitude of disciplines from automation to programming, timekeeping, astronomy, and music.
Guests can discover the legacy of technology and exploration of this era that precipitated many inventions in the past millennium. Greek technological marvels and ideas, for example, the automatic servant of Philon, the automatic theatre of Heron of Alexandria and the Antikythera calculating mechanism, can be found in modern iterations such as life-like robots, cinemas, and high-speed computers.
The exhibits range from audio-visual material with explanatory labels and posters with information, diagrams, photos and bibliographical references that have been carefully curated after years of research by the exhibition’s founder, Mr. Kostas Kotsanas. To complement the exhibition experience, Science Centre has specially put together a new science show, Ancient Inventions Science Show. The Science Show will bring to life ancient Greek inventions through the eyes of historical characters. Via three mini shows, guests will learn about scientific concepts that were central to ancient Greek inventions such as the use of air pressure to produce air cannons, and water pressure in the world’s very first alarm clock.
Guests can also try their hand at creating replicas of some of the Greek inventions at the upcoming workshops and camps. The Centre will also be hosting ‘Athena’s Odyssey’, a half-day Greek-themed day camp for parents and children aged 10 to 12 years old. Participants will take a tour around the exhibition, learn the mechanisms behind these ancient inventions, and discover the simple science concepts behind Greek inventions through workshops and shows.