Antikythera Mechanism

Antikythera Mechanism (Wikipedia image)

Antikythera Mechanism (Wikipedia image)

A recent article in Scientific American (Dec. 2009) nicely summarizes the latest research into the Antikythera “computer” which was recovered from the Mediterranean Sea in 1900.  Not much could be done with the lump of encrusted parts at the time.  But new advanced imaging revealed inscriptions that confirm that the surprisingly sophisticated mechanical calculator was used to predict eclipses and other astronomical events.  This device is amazing considering that it is at least 2000 years old!

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