The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900–1901 from the Antikythera wreck. The construction has been dated to the early 1st century BC. Technological artifacts of similar complexity and workmanship did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks were built in Europe

It is a bit frightening to know that just before the fall of their great civilization the ancient Greeks had come so close to our age, not only in their thought, but also in their scientific technology - Derek J. de Solla Price

Watch a documentary about this amazing discovery on BBC iPlayer

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    This is what they had to work with: Antikythera is an island between Crete and mainland Greece.
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    Watched this documentary a few months ago, crazy awesome stuff. Also features the one man in the world who is so...
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    Paper being presented at the current AIA on future findings
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    The Antikythera Mechanism The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical...
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