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Come and find out about the first computer and modern supercomputers. More info regarding the talks can be found in the abstracts below, the language of the event will be English. Also grab your chance to win some Pint of Science goodies. See you there!
Markos Skoulatos (Postdoc TUM)
Without any doubt, the oldest computer of mankind, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, is the greatest technological achievement of antiquity. A century was necessary in order to reveal its secrets. What is it though, that has since inspired four generations of scientists? We will navigate from its discovery by sponge divers, up to the latest word of modern technology in order to solve its puzzle. We will see how astronomy, mathematics and engineering, all come together at a small portable mechanical device. Our purpose is to familiarise with this “mysterious” construction.
The Universe in a supercomputer
Volker Springel (Astrophysics professor)
Cosmic structures like our own Milky Way galaxy emerge out of a featureless soup of matter left behind by the Big Bang some 13.5 billion years ago. I will show how modern supercomputer simulations allow us to see the invisible, namely the dark matter that connects up the luminous galaxies in a gigantic cosmic web, and the supermassive black holes at the heart of galaxies, which shine with the combined power of billions of stars when they feed on the surrounding gas.