Friday, October 15, 2010

Appetitive/ Reasoning: A Greek Computer

The Antikythera mechanism, is an ancient mechanical calculator (also described as the first known mechanical computer) designed to calculate astronomical positions of the planets. It was recovered in 1900-01 from the Antikythera wreck, but its complexity and significance were not understood until decades later. It is now thought to have been built about 150-100 BC. Technological artifacts of similar complexity did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks appeared in Europe (taken from the blurb on youtube).

Someone sent this video a few weeks ago, but I did not get a chance to check it out until now. it's later than most of the Greek stuff I look at, but it's still somewhat within the time frame. It's incredible to think such an advanced mechanical device came about so early.

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