News to me: the Antikythera mechanism exists. Actual news: someone figured out how it worked.

February 19, 2008

According to the bloggotubes, it was an ancient roman mechanical astronomical computer. It looks like this:

artifact.jpg (wikimedia)

…and here’s a reconstruction:

recons.jpg (photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty, from news article)

Here’s the Guardian article, wikipedia, an informative link, and another informative link.



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